Terry Collins gave his first inkling as to the Mets’ 2016 lineup. Collins gave it to Mike Puma of the NY Post. But, it’s not as if it is etched in stone because, after all, it is the Mets’ lineup and he had over 150 of them last year.
1. Curtis Granderson, RF: I still prefer a traditional leadoff hitter, but Granderson’s on-base percentage last year was stellar. So, give the options of forcing a square peg into a round hole, Granderson is the best available choice.
2. David Wright, 3B: In his prime, Wright was the ideal No. 3 hitter. But, that was a long time ago. He’s no longer prime time. Would be nice to see him return to that form.
3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF: A classic No. 3 hitter is the best combination of power and average and Cespedes is the best the Mets considering Wright’s current situation.
4. Lucas Duda, 1B: Has averaged over 27 homers the last few years despite periods of extreme streakiness.
5. Neil Walker, 2B: Where Daniel Murphy would have fit in.
6. Michael Conforto, LF: The first impression was a good one. Let’s hope he lives up to expectations.
7. Travis d’Arnaud, C: No surprises here, but it does say Collins has his mind made up as to his starting catcher.
8. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS: Obviously, he goes here.
9. Pitcher: Let’s hope Collins doesn’t fool around and move up his pitcher to No. 8.
I don’t have any problem with what Collins has laid out as his lineup. Considering his players and options this really is the best-case scenario. But, it will change. It always does.