The Mets will begin playing Spring Training games next week, and it is never too early to start looking at the projected Opening Day lineup. Terry Collins had floated this lineup around back in January, and I believe this lineup makes the most sense. Below I put together what the Opening Day lineup might look like, and the player’s statistics of hitting in that spot in the lineup last season.
1. Curtis Granderson- 546 AB, 26 HR, 64 RBI, .260/.360/.463
2. David Wright- 91 AB, 3 HR, 13 RBI, .297/.379/.451
3. Yoenis Cespedes- 134 AB, 10 HR, 25 RBI, .306/.354/.604
4. Lucas Duda- 73 AB, 10 HR, 25 RBI, .288/.373/.795
5. Neil Walker- 69 AB, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .232/.308/.449
6. Michael Conforto- 29 AB, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .276/.371/.414
7. Travis d’Arnaud- 61 AB, 2 HR, 12 RBI, .311/.382/.541
8. Asdrubal Cabrera- 2 AB, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000/.000/.000
Many of the players hitting in their projected spot in the lineup have great numbers, and experience hitting in that particular spot. Neil Walker has much better numbers hitting in the 2 or 3 hole but with the amount of depth the Mets have in this lineup, Walker will have to adapt to hitting lower in the Mets lineup. I don’t envision him struggling too much with capable hitters hitting behind him. Asdrubal Cabrera also will have to adjust to hitting at the bottom of the lineup, as he pretty much had no experience hitting in the back-end of the lineup last year. Cabrera however, was brought on more for his glove than his bat, thus expectations for him hitting out of the 8-hole should be tempered. Overall this everyday lineup could work with great results, as long as the new acquisitions adjust to their new roles in the lineup.