The Mets are undecided as their leadoff hitter, with the competition coming down between Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.
For my money, I’d rather open the season with Lagares for the simple reason this decision doesn’t only impact the No. 1 spot, but also the middle of the order.
While both players are potential strikeout machines, Granderson offers a higher upside as a run producer in the middle. He has greater power and I’d rather bunch him with Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer, than leaving him exposed at the top.
My thinking is Granderson could produce more runs batting sixth than Lagares can leading off.
Both have the speed needed to hit first, but neither is the classic leadoff hitter in that both strike out too much and don’t have high on-base percentages. Both can steal a base, but I’d rather see Granderson’s speed trying to stretch a double in the gap into a triple.
For a team struggling to score runs, this is the best way to go.
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