Now that the Nationals are dead and buried (I really hope this does not come back to bite me in the ass), it is time to look at the best Mets playoffs roster they can assemble. Here goes:
1B: Lucas Duda/Michael Cuddyer
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Wilmer Flores
LF: Michael Conforto
CF: Yoenis Cespedes
RF: Curtis Granderson
C: Travis d’Arnaud
I have Cuddyer and Duda platooning at first. Cuddyer is hitting well lately (well, until his latest injury) because he is getting rest. He is no longer an everyday player. Duda has hit lefties decently this year, but Cuddyer might be a better weapon. As far as Cuddyer platooning with Conforto — forget it. Conforto is just too good to leave on the bench.
Flores should be starting ahead of Tejada. Tejada has had some timely hits, but Flores is a threat. With Flores in the lineup, there are no holes.
Fortunately, the need for only four starters means the Mets can carry an extra bench player. Leaving any of those guys out would have been tough.
The starting pitchers are obvious to anyone who watches this team. Colon is the seasoned veteran, but he can be erratic. I’d rather take my chances with Matz. And besides, Colon will be fine in relief.
Speaking of relievers, the odd men out are Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles. I would be okay if they wanted to substitute one of those guys for Niese, although I would feel sorry for Niese to be left off the Mets playoffs roster after all the years he put in. But this is no time for sentiment. And depending on how Reed pitches down the stretch, he could also be a casualty for one of them.
I’ve got to hand it to Sandy Alderson — he finally put together a well-balanced team. Good hitting, excellent starting pitching and a potentially solid bullpen. The latter is the only thing that can do this team in.
The Mets are headed for October for the first time since 2006. Did I mention how I hope this does not come back to bite me in the ass?