Curtis Granderson missed today’s workout with what the Mets called a minor eye issue. They don’t seem concerned.
“He had something in his eye. He said he had something in it yesterday,” manager Terry Collins told reporters. “He came today. It was pretty red. So as a precaution — you know, pinkeye can be very contagious — we sent him to the eye doctor to see what it was. … He’ll be fine.”
Let’s hope so, but how fine will the Mets be if he were out for a substantial bit of time?
If Granderson is gone, who’ll become the leadoff hitter? Since the Mets so highly prize on-base percentage, let’s take a look at 2015 OBP of the position players see who could be the best candidate.
David Wright (.379): His OBP is higher than Granderson’s, but it is only over 152 at-bats. Wright could still be the best choice based on his .377 career on-base percentage coupled with his decline in power. Since he’s no longer projected as the third hitter, but second, why not? Wright has been known to steal a base, but you have to wonder how much his back would impact his speed.
Lucas Duda (.352): He has a worthy OBP, but he’s their clean-up hitter so that won’t work. Plus, he has no speed.
Travis d’Arnaud (.340): Catchers have hit high in the order before, and he has a decent OBP but not the speed.
Yoenis Cespedes (.337): He has a representative OBP and some speed, he’s one of their primary power sources. He and Duda have to be back-to-back in the order so this wouldn’t happen.
Michael Conforto (.336): If the Mets don’t platoon Conforto he could be an intriguing possibility. Plus, he has some power potential. If Conforto hits first, it would keep Wright batting second.
Asdrubal Cabrera (.315): As with Walker, there are better options.
Wilmer Flores (.295): Nope.
Juan Lagares (.289): He has the speed, but not the OBP. So, even in those games he does play there he’s not the guy.
After examining these numbers, I’m wondering if manager Terry Collins might consider batting Wright first and sandwiching Cespedes between Granderson and Duda. That would give the Mets three consecutive power hitters with 30-homer potential.
It’s worth a thought.