New York Mets: Projecting the 2018 Starting Lineup
Last Year the New York Mets finished a very disappointing 70-92 after getting to the World Series in 2015 and earning a Wild Card spot in 2016. The nickname for the Mets last season was The Walking Wounded. David Wright, Brandon Nimmo, Stephen Matz, Seth Lugo, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jeurys Familia, and Michael Conforto to name a few of the injured last season.
Changes were made in multiple places such as Manager and Head Trainer. Terry Collins is now Special Assistant to GM Sandy Alderson. Ray Ramerez who has been with the team since 2005 is no longer with the team. The team made a lot of these changes because of the disappointing 2017 campaign. The Mets have added Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, and Adrian Gonzalez to help bolster the lineup. With the new additions and hopefully a smarter usage of the Pitchers the Mets will look to compete in 2018.
1.Brandon Nimmo CF – This will be one of the most interesting position battles in Spring Training. They are fighting for the right to start until Michael Conforto returns to the lineup. It will be between Nimmo and Lagares and I believe it will ultimately be a platoon til Conforto returns. The lineup will change once Conforto is back.
2.Asdrubal Cabrera 2B – Now I know he has said previously that he is a SS and does not want to play 2B. However, with Amed Rosario set to make his debut at SS and Todd Frazier signed to play 3B it appears the Mets have discussed and cleared this with Cabrera. Hence he chose 2B over 3B.
3.Yoenis Cespedes LF – An injury plagued 2017 was a disappointment for Mets fans. Thus, Yo will look to rebound in 2018 and fits nicely as the 3 hitter.
4.Jay Bruce RF – The New York Mets went out and brought Jay Bruce back after trading him to the Indians prior to the deadline. He is back in a familiar spot behind Cespedes. Bruce hit a career-high 36 bombs last year between the Mets and Indians.
5.Todd Frazier 3B – The Mets have Todd Frazier slated to start Opening Day in the 5 spot. Although I guarantee this will all change once Conforto is back. He will move to 6 and the 3-4-5 hitters of the Mets will be Conforto, Cespedes, and Bruce in no particular order.
6.Adrian Gonzalez 1B – Signed for a discount Gonzalez is hoping to make an impact by being the Opening Day starter and he may edge out Dominic Smith. The reason he was brought in though was to mentor Smith for the future. Great clubhouse guy to go along with Todd Frazier. Could be a steal if he manages to hit .245 or higher with 20+ HRs for the Mets.
7.Travis D’Arnaud/Whichever Catcher the Mets Sign (hoping for Lucroy) – Yes it is true that down the stretch D’Arnaud’s play improved. However, he is still not at the level the Mets need him at to win ball games. Nonetheless, I hope the Mets aren’t done and are still looking for a catcher. Lucroy would be a great fit and would slide into the 7 spot perfectly. Could have put Amed Rosario here but with his speed and the aging Gonzalez, it would almost be neutralizing him.
8.Amed Rosario SS – The Phenom finally gets his chance to show New York Mets fans what they have been waiting for. If he comes out the gate hot and doesn’t struggle then the Mets will have themselves a leadoff hitter once Conforto returns to the lineup. Big things await for Rosario and I know Mets fans are excited to see what he can do.Follow @Espowrites