The Mets still are undecided who will be in the Opening Day lineup at first base Monday against Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (Bergen Record, Mar. 29).
“It’s a hard way to live but it’s the nature of the game, it’s the nature of the beast we have right now,” Terry Collins said Friday (Star-Ledger). “We have to get ready to make as many adjustments as we can. We certainly think we have the guys here that any given night you can replace somebody with somebody else and not miss a beat. We’re hoping that’s a case.”
The Mets have until noon Sunday to finalize their Opening Day, 25-man roster, at which time they’re also expected to announce the day’s starting lineup.
In the event both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis start hitting well, Collins said he would again consider using Duda in left field.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer of MetsBlog: The buzz around the team indicates Davis will be in the starting lineup Monday. Josh Satin will get most of the early-season starts against left-handed starting pitchers. But, if Davis goes hitless on Opening Day, don’t be surprised to see Duda at first the next game, then maybe back to Davis, then back to Duda, and so on, until one of the two get hot. At the very least, it sounds to me like the plan is to play both men until their trip to Los Angeles to the play the Angels in mid-April, when they’ll need a designated hitter. It will be time to make some sort of final decision after that, though, because this platoon-within-a-platoon can’t go on forever.