In an effort to start playing his younger players more, and after talking with Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins said Friday that Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Wilmer Flores will begin seeing more time in the starting lineup.
Nieuwenhuis will hit sixth and start in left field Friday against the Phillies, while Flores will bat eighth and start at shortstop.
Similarly, Lucas Duda will start this weekend against LHP Cole Hamels, according to Collins, who for a long while had been benching Duda against left-handed starting pitchers.
Flores is hitting just .238 in the eight games since his most recent promotion. Ruben Tejada is batting .158 during the same time frame.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Well, it’s about time. Pennant race or not, this probably should have happened a while ago. I’d also like to see Matt den Dekker get himself in the mix, but I’ll take what they’re willing to give us. I suspect that will happen sooner than later, probably at Chris Young’s expense. I’d also expect to see Noah Syndergaard get up here at some point as well, since they’re going to want to add him to the 40-man roster before this winter anyway… and, it would be nice to know what he’s about before the start of the silly season.