Juan Lagares gets jammed

Juan Lagares expected back Thursday, says he’s 100% healthy


3:40 pm: Juan Lagares says he is 100 percent healthy and ready to return to the Mets.

“My leg feels loose. It feels good,” Lagares said (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Apr. 30). “I think right now I’m 100 percent.”


April 29: The Mets hope to activate Lagares from the disabled list on Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters in Philadelphia this week.

Collins said he intends to talk later this week with Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. about the pending outfield rotation, which should never result in a player sitting in back-to-back game.

“They’re all good, and we can only play three of them. That’s the general message,” Collins said (ESPN, Apr. 29). “There’s no other way to really phrase it.”

Lagares was put on the disabled list in mid April with a pulled right hamstring. He had been hitting .314 with a .345 OBP, five extra base hits and seven RBI in the 13 games he played prior to injuring his leg.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, this should be fun… Yikes. If I had to guess, I’d say Chris Young will be the first to sit, since Collins will probably want Lagares patrolling Coors Field. This means Granderson and Eric Young Jr. will probably each sit one of the next two nights. Let’s assume Lagares gets a break Sunday. I can’t see this going on forever, though. Eventually, I expect this will settle in to something stable, either because of performance, injury or need.




156 comments
Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

You watch, with our luck, this injury will take the hot out of Lagares bat. He'll be a D replacement for the most part.

As Gary Cohen so rightfully said a few weeks back, lets just worry about the next game, things change daily and these problems often solve themselves.

This is the Mets. Someone will hurt themselves.

bingmets
bingmets

If only EY could play shortstop

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Just like having 3 firstbasemen, rotating 4 players for 3 outfield spots won't work, look at the Dodgers, Puig is hitting .256, Kemp, Either, and Crawford are hitting under .215.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I think Lagares will be eased back into playing time after missing time, but I would definitely think Granderson is not immune to some bench time, especially against lefties. I like what I've seen from Chris Young, and I think he deserves a longer look. I like that he's shown he can go the other way with line drive power, and he's hit a couple of home runs, which is a nice bonus. EY scores runs, so he'd be nice to keep in there as I think his numbers will go up from here, and I like the idea of EY and then Lagares/Chris Young 1 and 2 in the order, and then Murphy third and Wright cleanup. Then Granderson/Chris Young and Duda fifth and sixth, D'Arnaud seventh and Tejada eighth. That's how I would set it up.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

i do not buy for a second that it will be a rotation with them equally splitting time.  that makes no sense.  It does not take matchups into account, money or skill set into account. they all add different things and are not interchangeable.  rotating them would make the Mets literally a different team every night.  The talent between them is not equal either... there is no way they can pretend it is.

Michael Mancino
Michael Mancino

Also, who is a great manager? Torre? That's a joke. How did he do with us in the late 70's. you need players, which we have arriving. LaRussa? Nice to have a 100 year record of winning. Bobby Cox? Nice to have Maddux. Joe Madden is very good and is basically like Terry in many ways. Point being, the manager makes out the lineup card with who he has, the players play. In game decisions are important and Terry has that covered.

Michael Mancino
Michael Mancino

Sit Grandy if we want to compete. EY haters look at NL runs scored. He's not Mookie or Kev Mitchell but .250 with walks is better than .200 with 180 K's. EY, Lagares plays all games and throw the other Young in right. Speed all good OF ers, Lagares a Gold Glover after this year, and decent to plus arms(Juan).

Collins is the manager. He will make the call but I'm sure Grandy is on the hot seat. 20 mil or not. Also, you guys know Collins? Thought not. He is a good guy, straight shooter and in the game for 40 years. Longer than most of you have been on Earth. I met him a number if times, good guy and decent manager.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Not to worry, this is the Mets - one of the four will be on the DL.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Forget EY's stats, the offense goes with him in the line-up.  You can't quantify what he means in this line-up with stats.  The outfield rotation is idiotic, especially when it was already announced that Abreu will play at least one game a week.  Let's drop Satin from the platoon, and when we play a lefty, Murph plays first and EY plays second.  Playing four outfielders 4.5 days a week is ridiculous.

Chad Snaider
Chad Snaider

this stupid rotation wont last long, if EY struggles to hit he will be benched, well i would hope so.

queva
queva

Time to sit EY jr.... 

86er
86er

Legares needs to play every day - he is that good so far

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Just play the guy and rotate the other three. EYJr. can provide some nice speed off the bench. Mets, as a team, do not run nearly enough. Bench Grandy until he shows he can hit LHP. His salary should not be an issue.

Cordell C
Cordell C

People are acting like lagares is a sure thing he's a great defensive center fielder but it's not like he was hiting the ball hard he was getting see and eye singles we need ey's speed to manufacture runs

golflady7
golflady7

Except that EY has batted .167 in the last two weeks and is batting .212 for the year, not .250!

zoddie
zoddie

No one said it will be an equal rotation. EY can easily get 4 starts per week since he's a switch hitter. Laggards can sit once vs a RHP, Chris young twice/week. Grandly sits once vs a lefty. Not too tough.

86er
86er

@Cordell C  he was hitting the ball hard - what were you watching?

ron3d2y
ron3d2y

@Cordell C  Hits make runs, not speed. Lagares was the only guy hitting when he went down and let's not make up thing to make it seem like those were weak hits. Hits are hits and he was doing great, he has more extra base hits than EY and even David Wright in half the games they've  played. You could have at least looked that up before trying to knock him by saying all his hits were weak singles. By the way Lagares has speed too. Meanwhile EY is hitting .215

jongonz718
jongonz718

@Cordell C  this tells me you don't know anything. did you watch the games? watch lagares come through almost every time we needed him? or do you just talk to seem like you know something

kcmetsfan
kcmetsfan

Well, ey will most likely end the season hitting closer to .250 than .167, or even .212 for that matter. Anyway there really is no one on the current mets roster who would be a better pick to lead off. He gets a ton of steals, and already I thing wright alone has driven him in 10 times. Look, batting avg just isn't as important for a leadoff hitter as obp, steals, and runs. I am not saying your opinions is totally invalid, but I feel like the mets are a better team with ey batting leadoff everyday than they would be without him.

Jason Krull
Jason Krull

A lot of leadoff hitters lead the team in runs scored.

Cordell C
Cordell C

Yea ey batting average isn't high but he's drawing walks and scoring runs I seem him walk or get an infield hit steal second and advance to third on an out and score of a David wright sac fly or a David wright single because the infield was drawn in most of David's RBI's are ey

kcmetsfan
kcmetsfan

You know, the "this tells me you don't know anything" might be over the top. I think both jongonz and cordell make valid points even though they disagree. Shouldn't there be room for healthy debate here without insulting language?

Cordell C
Cordell C

2 weeks is a small sample size people are talking about lagares like he's a star

Cordell C
Cordell C

We been playing just as good defense with out him... Btw I like lagares but until the rest of the lineup starts to hit we need someone who can be this years Reyes at the top of the lineup and ey is the only guy on the team who can do it

Cordell C
Cordell C

Yea so does pretty much everyone else on the team wright is struggling to start the season is trying to do too much

Cordell C
Cordell C

He's not a lead off hitter and can't cause havoc on the bases like ey can

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@Mike Cutrone  EY's best use is as a late game pinch runner.using his speed tactically makes him a weapon that you can use whenever.  he is not good enough offensively or in the field as the other three are. all he is is a base runner.  so use him that way.  play him once or twice a week.  heck even Abreu is better than him with the bat.


Mike Cutrone
Mike Cutrone

But still leads in runs scored...= WINNING

Chad Snaider
Chad Snaider

@Luke Swenson oh and if the mets signed a SS who could lead off, this wouldnt be  a debate and there would be no rotation. it's only a debate because we dont have a leadoff hitter i understand that 

kcmetsfan
kcmetsfan

Well, I woulnt say lagares manufactures runs...in other words he's not the kind of guy who eeks out a walk, steals second, and scores on a line drive single, you know what I mean? So lagares is a much better hitter than ey, but ey "manufactures" runs a lot better than lagares.

Cordell C
Cordell C

Chris young is proably the hottest right now and were going to need grandy to turn it around to do anything this year it's a tough call but until we start hitting better ey is the best shot we have at scoring runs btw I like lagares don't think he's going to hit 300 for the whole season though

Cordell C
Cordell C

0 stolen bases 2 caught stealing

heynow20
heynow20

Lagares isn't the reason the team isn't scoring runs...Its the rest of the offense.  If the only way we can score is to "hope" EY Jr consistently gets on base and steals...then we are in big trouble. 

Bottom line is I don't necessarily disagree with you, its just I don't think it should be at Lagares expense...

Cordell C
Cordell C

This team isn't scoring runs isn't hitting hrs isn't stringing together hits we need to manufacture runs ey is the only guy who can this on this team

heynow20
heynow20

Right, so we should place our promising young stud CF in a platoon who was hitting to all fields before injury in case he doesn't blossom into a superstar so that EY can successful bunt single 1 out of every 10 at bats. 

Cordell C
Cordell C

And he was the only one with a decent average yes but it was two weeks worth of baseball who's to say that will continue for the rest of the season facts are with out ey we would have probably lost a lot more games during the first road trip seems like he scored at least one run every game

Cordell C
Cordell C

Big mets fan since I was like 5 because I think ey should lead off every day I'm not a mets fan?

heynow20
heynow20

Yes, but the big difference is how often he gets on base.  Reyes had a much higher BA and OBP and OPS than EY. 

Cordell C
Cordell C

He's doing the same thing on the bases same ability to steal a base clearly not the same with the bat but pretty much the same on the bases which it what I was referring to

heynow20
heynow20

Dude, your crazy.  No one will ever mistake EY for Reyes...

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@mustang66  ey is not a lead off hitter either. he does not hit well enough to be a lead off hitter. ey is a pinch runner. he can cause havoc when you need him too without having him waste a spot in the OF or the regular order with better fielders and hitters.

mustang66
mustang66

yeah it's very hard for him to hit 220