A couple of reporters on Monday decided to project possible Opening Day lineups for the New York Mets without David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Johan Santana, who could all likely start the season on the disabled list. I figured I would get in on that act, since there is really nothing else to write about today. The results are not pretty:
First base: Ike Davis
Second base: Jordany Valdespin
Third base: Justin Turner
Shortstop: Ruben Tejada
Left field: Lucas Duda
Center field: Collin Cowgill
Right field: Marlon Byrd
Catcher: John Buck
Pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Yikes! There are probably some Triple-A teams with more powerful lineups. As far as where they will hit in the order, one projection had Marlon Byrd hitting third. Now, traditionally the team’s best hitter bats third (that’s why David Wright hits there). Is Marlon Byrd really the best hitter that the Mets have? Say it ain’t so.
Another projection had Ike Davis third and Byrd fourth. Davis is the best hitter of this lot, but Byrd as the cleanup batter? Say that ain’t so.
I do like having Jordany Valdespin in the Mets lineup, however. He really is the only exciting player the Mets have and he is tearing it up in Spring Training, leading the team with four home runs and eight RBIs while batting .341. When Murphy comes back, Valdespin will have to move to the outfield, where he had some adventures last season. But for the sake of the lineup, he’ll have to go out there and learn the position.
It doesn’t really matter what order Terry Collins decides to put these players. This is a loser of a lineup, one of the worst in all of baseball. We can only hope the starting pitching holds up. I’m sure Sandy Alderson must be proud of the ball club he assembled.