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#FreeLagares

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…


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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…




1114 comments
bitencurl
bitencurl

I would like to feed Sandy a

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

Woooow Terry is actually saying todays success with Lagares is because of him sitting and him getting the picture. What a joke.

Edwin Nieves
Edwin Nieves

Keep him on the field and get rid of Collins.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

Lagares can't hit, huh? He just blasted a HR (his second hit) at the second biggest canyon in the NL next to our ridiculous stadium. Does that make him Mike Trout? No, but he's the closet thing they have to him next to Murphy and Wright.

whyus
whyus

More like #FireTerry

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

I have been thinking about this nonsense since yesterday and I have realized what annoys me most about it.  Mets management thinks the fans are actually stupid enough to believe this garbage. It's insulting and it needs to stop.

hurricaneditka
hurricaneditka

Did anyone mention to Terry that Lagares has more extra base hits that the two offensive power houses that he is being benched for?

MeetThe Matts
MeetThe Matts

Yes. Even. When. They. Are. Off. Just to make sure.

Alvin Lugo
Alvin Lugo

One of the better defensive cf in baseball need to play everyday.

Joe Quartararo
Joe Quartararo

Without a doubt...the best CFer in the game and his Offense seems to be picking up....

Gary Baum
Gary Baum

He should be in the lineup everyday, and scrap Alderson's lame hitting system. It's obviously NOT working.

Kyungwan K. Chae
Kyungwan K. Chae

Who is Terry fooling? Lagares should be playing not just because of his defense but also because of his offense? I'd get it if the lineup right now was hitting well, but they're not hitting at all! I knew Terry wasn't really a bright manager, but this is just insane, sitting him yet another day. EY and CY got nothing, there's nothing young about both of them. Stop this crap and play the best player you've got!

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

This team is a joke ! Ownership is a big joke !!  Need a real 1st baseman need a shortstop leadoff hitter. I like Murphy but not a real 2nd baseman.  Both Young's are not everyday players . This team was put together by a blind man ! Get us some real ballplayers  !

Derek Lee
Derek Lee

B/c Backman has won at every level he has ever coached at.

John Bastolla
John Bastolla

Another comment... Boy the Mets have been winning without JL in the lineup.. that offense really sparked up..... When you go 3 games and score 2 runs... and 2 games were at home... or as i like to call it... the stadium we do not want to play in... If the Mets play 162 on the road they would win 90 games.. too bad the stadium they built is a black hole for home players... the visiting teams do quite well there... The rest of the league should thank the Mets for building it... its like home away from home on a road trip...

John Callaghan
John Callaghan

COLLINS NEEDS TO WAKE UP LEGARES IS THE ONLY OUTFIELDER THAT SHOULD BE OUT THERE EVERY DAY. SELL GRANDERSON BACK TO THE YANKEES FOR A DOLLAR HE IS NEVER GOING TO HIT IN CITIFIELD.

John Bastolla
John Bastolla

so Crappy granderson is battling .200 or less so lets keep him in the lineup because of $$ not production. Chris Young has been hot and cold, Eric Young, gets on base, scores runs, steals bases and adds speed to the lineup..... Juan (great defense) prob saves a run or two every couple games.... and is hitting .300... mmmm Why dont we play Juan and Eric, sit Granderson a few games, sprinkle in C Young.


Its not like Abreu is getting it done any better as a 40 year old part-timer... Kirk/Den could replace him.....


Colon is giving the rotation nothing but a loss everytime he pitches.... the starters should be, Degrom, Niese, Gee (healthy), Wheeler, and Colon by default and $10 you can't dump... see luis castillo..jason bay..oliver perez...


Montero in the bullpen with JM as the closer... German, Rice, Edgin, Dice, Torres

methead
methead

I am late to this but Collins is a moron.  How is he supposed to get out of a funk without at bats? 

kcas44
kcas44

terry is a horrible game manager, we need wally.................

Jimmy Petrillo
Jimmy Petrillo

Lagares should be in the Mets lineup EVERYDAY !!!! defense is built up the middle . and good pitching is helped out by good defense.

thjopr6986
thjopr6986

Terry is an idiot. Play him, let him work through it. Sitting him on the bench ain't gonna fix it. Idiot.

A Pocono View_
A Pocono View_

To echo other comments, the most of the other guys aren't hitting either..just another head scratching moment for tc

Mike Disciullo
Mike Disciullo

Yes Indeed...Maybe Terry Collins should be put into a rotation every day

Alfredo Ambert
Alfredo Ambert

Eric Young, Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson should start and Chris Young is the fourth outfielder.

Dean Austin
Dean Austin

I am really confused. TC states that Lagares has not been swinging the bat well? Since he has returned from the DL he is hitting .288 up until the time TC sat him down on the bench (May 1st through May 13th). During the month of May EYJ has hit .264, CY has hit .235, CG 272.  Maybe these other guys should start not hitting the ball well. 


Solutions:

Sit CY

Send Duda  and Tejada to AAA or cut them

Move Murphy to first base 

Move EYJ to second base

Start Flores at short

Start Abreu in left 


Lineup for now:

EYJ leads off

Granderson bats 2nd

Abreu (even struggling the last two years the guy gets on base)

Wright bats 4th 

Murphy 5th (highest batting average is when he is playing first, highest batting average when he is hitting 5th

Lagares bats sixth

Flores bats 7th 

catcher position

pitcher


Rotation for now:

Niese 

Montero

Degrom

Wheeler

Colon


Closer:

Mejia


This gets the club moving in the right direction.








hurricaneditka
hurricaneditka

@barbarossa It's neither rebuilding or payroll cuts, it's just plain incompetence by the front office.  Supposedly Young is playing because he was promised at bats and if Sandy doesn't follow through, it will make the team look bad  when they sign other free agents.  You know what else looks bad to potential free agents?  When you refuse to play the guy who is by far your best outfielder.  And I love how it's a given that either Montero or deGrom will be bumped from the rotation and not the guy with an ERA of nearly 6.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

Oh you are so right. I cannot stand all of this useless data they use to judge human beings. If they were robots I'd see the point, but there is so much more that goes into a baseball player than WAR and all that other %$#^. It can be a small part of the equation, but an example is Murphy. He's a grinder, hard nose, all the way or nothing type of player who contributes so much more to this team than people realize. Particularly those that complain about his defense. If the 86 team were run like this, players like Backman, Santana, Wilson, Dykstra, and Hearn would have never been on that team...and they would have lost big time.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@Bob Higgins They should build around Murphy. Please stop with the not a real second baseman stuff. He is an average second baseman who hits exactly like what any team needs whose home park is Citifield. Everything else you said makes sense.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

Jimmy you are right ! We all know this team isn't going anywhere this year . So let the kid play see what he got . I like what I see in Lagares. so let him sink or swim .

semperfi
semperfi

Agreed, Wally to the rescue, Collins benches the best defensive CF in baseball that just happens to have the 2nd highest batting average on the team. Wally is a World Champion, his players love him and will play just as hard if not harder for him then Terry but he will teach them how to win which is what he has done at every coaching stop he has made,Terry does not have that winning pedigree. Give Vic Black the closers job and trade for Franklin to play SS, he is leading AAA in hitting and OBP plus he has some power, stop with the Tejada experiment, enough is enough. This team can win, if black does not work out make a trade for SDs Street, is Save % this year compared to the Mets mess would have the Mets in 1st place right now despite their terrible hitting, immediate upgrades at SS, Closer and Head Coach will put this team in the playoffs, no changes and you can hope for 75 wins.

Toy Jun Kie
Toy Jun Kie

Not really head scratching TC instead of putting his BEST outfielder in there everyday is BENDING to FO PRESSURE because of the STUPID 7M CONTRACT CY HAS .

Toy Jun Kie
Toy Jun Kie

Lagares ISN'T being paid 7M like CY so he gets bench duties . Collins can't / won't come right out and say it though because he has NO GUTS to stand up for his players.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

@Dean Austin EYJ cant field 2nd base that's why he's in the outfield  plus he not a good hitter to leadoff  Bobby A best days are far behind them . Yes Duda and Ruben get rid of . Try that kid they just called up to play first. This team not going anywhere this year anyway. 

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

@Bob Higgins @Dean Austin Bob you said it perfect he wants to bat 2 guys at the top of the order who have a combined 300 ops which waste Murph and Wright because they would be getting hits with 2 outs and nobody to drive them in.