That was fast. The Mets’ Opening Day lineup features Curtis Granderson back in the leadoff spot and Juan Lagares dropped down to seventh. The move comes on the heels of Lagares going 0-for-5 Sunday in Atlanta.
Manager Terry Collins said he still has confidence in Lagares, who hit .359 in spring training.
“If he continues to swing the bat like he can, he’ll be in the leadoff spot,” Collins said of Lagares. “Right now, he’s struggling a little bit. So we kind of like where he’s at. We’ve got all the confidence in the world. When that confidence fades, we’ll find somebody else. But, right now, this guy is one of the real, real good players and an up-and-coming star in this game.”
After a strong spring training in which he worked on working the count and other aspects of leading off, Lagares began the season in the sixth spot in the order. The Mets insist they’ve considered the switch early in spring training, but puzzlingly didn’t act on it.
Lagares is admittedly struggling, batting .160, but then again Granderson is hitting .063.
While I understand the nuances of the leadoff hitter is assured of leading off an inning just once, and that when he’s batting it really doesn’t matter because he’s at the plate by himself. However, going into the season’s seventh game, Lagares is hitting in his third different spot in the order.
That indicates indecision.
Here’s today’s order for the Mets:
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Michael Cuddyer, lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Juan Lagares, cf
Wilmer Flores, ss
Jacob deGrom, rhp