Mets’ Questions In Deciding Wild-Card Roster

There are a lot of things Mets GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins will consider over the next few days as they construct their postseason roster in preparation for the wild-card game against San Francisco, Wednesday, at Citi Field.

Collins has been spoiled with access up to 40 players since September 1. Now, they’ll face Madison Bumgarner with 25.

ALDERSON: A lot on his mind. (AP)

ALDERSON: A lot on his mind. (AP)

Here are the questions Alderson must answer:

CATCHER: Could they consider carrying a third catcher in Kevin Plawecki? They could go this way because in the one game format Collins shouldn’t hesitate to use a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner. Plus, in the back of his mind should be the prospect of extra innings.

FIRST BASE: Who starts? The early word is Lucas Duda could get the start over James Loney with the thinking he might have one good swing in him. We’ve heard a lot about the possibility of Eric Campbell. Even if he doesn’t start, he should be there because he represents a right-handed pinch-hit option.

OUTFIELD: Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes will be the starters. However, the recent play of Juan Lagares introduced an element nobody considered two weeks ago. Lagares has shown he can swing the bat, so if he’s carried, who will the Mets choose between Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza? There’s no way Collins would favor De Aza’s defense over Bruce’s bat, but he could choose him over Conforto.

STARTERS: They will carry three, Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon and Seth Lugo over Robert Gsellman. Why three? Because what happens if Syndergaard were to get injured or shelled early in the game?

BULLPEN: Since the opponent is the Giants, who are heavy with left-handed hitters, will the Mets go with one less position player and add lefty Josh Edgin? The rest of the pen would include Jerry Blevins, Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas, Josh Smoker, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia.

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3 thoughts on “Mets’ Questions In Deciding Wild-Card Roster

  1. Mets would be NUTS not to start Loney at first… anybody remember Game 5 of the World Series? This game is all about defense. Campbell to pinch hit? He isn’t hitting .200.

  2. IMO, DEAZA IS A FINE OUTFIELDER SO LAGERAS ISNT NEEDED. AND WITH HIS THUMB, HE HASNT SHOWN HE CAN HIT. * INSTEAD BRING THE 3 CATCHERS SO YOU HAVE EXTRA RIGHT HANDED BATTERS. * BRING CAMPBELL SOUP FOR BASE RUNNING, RH PINCH HITTING, EXTRA DEFENSE * NO CONFORTO AS HE IS A MESS RIGHT NOW. * I WOULD BRING NIMMO OVER CONFORTO FOR SPEED, BETTER CONTACT HITTING, AND AN EXTRA OUTFIELDER, LEFT HANDED HITTER

  3. I don’t see them carrying a third catcher for a one-game playoff. Campbell will have to make it, as well as Lagares. If you’re going to carry another outfielder, it should be De Aza. Conforto hasn’t shown he should be on the playoff roster, and he offers no defensive value in late innings.

    The decisions aren’t that tough considering it’s one game. You only have to carry three starters, so you can stock the bench & bullpen to gear up for a long game.