4:35 pm: Terry Collins said prior to Friday’s game that Juan Lagares will start on Saturday.
When Collins was asked why Lagares hasn’t been playing, he said:
“We’re going to get him (in) tomorrow. He’s not been swinging good. If you have a crystal ball, call me. He’s expanding the zone. We need his defense, but we have to score runs.”
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Collins said that he’s “more concerned” with offense over defense at the moment.
3:20 pm: Eric Young Jr. will start in center field for the fourth time in five days (Mets on Twitter, May 16). Bobby Abreu will start in right field and bat fifth. Juan Lagares, again, will be on the bench.
SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt said on Twitter that lineup questions are something often asked before games, not after. He intends to ask about Lagares when Terry Collins talks to reporters around 4 pm at Citi Field.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
10:25 am: I don’t understand why Lagares isn’t in the starting lineup every day. He consistently plays a Gold Glove-caliber center field, while making a greater contribution to the lineup than Curtis Granderson, Eric Young Jr. or Chris Young, yet he’s been on the bench for three of the last four games.
Mets fans on this and other site’s comments section, Twitter and Facebook were mostly irritated by not having Lagares in the lineup, particularly at a time when the team is struggling to score runs. Beat reporters talking to Terry Collins after the game did not ask about the young outfielder’s status…
My only guess is that a) Lagares isn’t as good of a base runner as Eric Young Jr., who Collins really, really likes, and b) Lagares isn’t being paid $7 million like Chris Young, who may be playing to justify his contract and increase his trade value.
In either case, if the Mets are as serious about winning as they say they are, they really should be playing their best overall outfielder, especially since he was supposedly named the starting center field less than two weeks ago. This seems obvious, but apparently it isn’t…