Terry Collins wanted to keep a set lineup, but that hope has long since gone. Here it is, Game #21 and the Mets are on their 19th different batting order.
That seems logical; especially considering Wright is 9-for-18 against Kendrick, including two doubles and two homers.
However, what I don’t understand is why Ruben Tejada, who is batting .217, including .118 over his last seven games, is hitting second while Jordany Valdespin is eighth. You might not like Valdespin’s demeanor, but he does make things happen and he has speed.
Until Tejada snaps out of his funk, keep him eighth, and the same applies to Davis at seventh.
Here’s the order:
Mike Baxter, RF
Ruben Tejada, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Lucas Duda, LF
John Buck, C
Ike Davis, 1B
Jordany Valdespin, CF
Dillon Gee, RHP
Overall, the Mets are averaging just under six runs a game, but are hitting .207 in their last seven games. With runs scarce lately, the Mets are hoping Gee can give them what Jeremy Hefner did yesterday.
Gee snapped his three-game losing streak with a strong start last Sunday with 5.2 scoreless innings against Washington.
“I think he needed it bad. I think it’s a great confidence builder for him,’’ Collins said.
Gee is 2-2 with a 7.03 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies. He’ll need the change-up that was so effective against the Nationals. The Phillies hammered Gee for seven runs on ten hits – including homers by Ryan Howard, Michael Young and John Mayberry – in a 8-3 rout of the Mets, April 9, at Philadelphia.