The following is tonight’s power-laden line-up the New York Mets will field behind Shaun Marcum tonight at Citi Field:
Jordany Valdespin, 2B: While it is a good idea to find out what Valdespin can do, that was something better done in spring training. He’s also had several starts leading off, and I wonder why he wasn’t given an extended look there earlier, even at a different position.
Daniel Murphy, 1B: What will happen when Ike Davis returns from Las Vegas? Will Murphy go back to second and Valdespin to the bench? It will never run that smoothly, especially if Valdespin loses playing time. Perhaps this is done to showcase Valdespin or Murphy in a July trade.
David Wright, 3B: Third always has been the best spot for him because that spot is reserved for the team’s best hitter.
Lucas Duda, LF: Actually, Duda has played better in left than I expected. I don’t care if he takes ten pitches per at-bat. In the long run that is the best way he’ll develop.
Marlon Byrd, RF: This is a player the Mets should be showcasing for a trade because he has value.
Omar Quintanillia, SS: If he keeps hitting, Ruben Tejada might not have a job when he comes back.
Juan Lagares, CF: He hasn’t shown anything offensively. He should be getting steady at-bats in the minor leagues.
Shaun Marcum, RHP: Has pitched better than his record indicates. He keeps pitching well and a contender will call.