Terry Collins said Thursday that Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares will each get time in the outfield, but he still does not know what his Opening Day lineup will be.
“Certainly we’ve got to figure out how to get those guys in the lineup on a somewhat regular basis,” he said. “We’ve made some commitments and we’re going to stick by them and we’ll just see how they play out.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Interesting quote, Terry. I assume this is referring to Chris Young, who has said Sandy Alderson promised him at bats, but never said he would get them starting at a particular position. Curtis Granderson will play every day, that much we know. It stands to reason, given ‘promises,’ that Chris Young will play a lot as well, most likely in a corner spot on days that Lagares is in center field. Young will likely play center field when Eric Young Jr. is in the starting lineup.
The Mets need to play Chris Young as much as they can, 1) he has a track record of success when playing every day, 2) they’re paying him $7.5 million, and 3) if he plays well, he could be this year’s Marlon Byrd, netting them something decent in trade.
Lagares is the key. He HAS TO be in center field, because his glove is special, especially when Bartolo Colon is on the mound. And, while I appreciate Terry’s comment about scoring runs when Eric Young Jr. plays, it’s not actually true. True is how well Lagares plays center field and the number of runs he ends up saving with his glove. And, for a team that will struggle to score runs like the Mets, keeping the opposition from scoring will be more important that usual.