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Juan Lagares returns with two hits, feels ‘normal’

Juan Lagares returned from the disabled list Thursday and had two hits.

He’s batting .327 with a .356 OBP and seven extra base hits in 14 games this season.

Lagares was put on the disabled list in early April with a sore hamstring.

“It feels normal,” Lagares said after the game (Newsday, May 2). “I’m ready to run.”




23 comments

He looked good out there for the most part, especially on defense where he has made some excellent catches, some that I know Chris Young would not have gotten to.


However, the Mets are 0-2 since his return, not due to him though, as he has had a couple of hits in each game, with 3 doubles to boot. 


I think Lagares is going to be a big plus if he can stay healthy, and should remain in the starting lineup.  As of now, it looks like the two Youngs will be platooning as of now in the outfield, unless Collins wants to instead platoon Satin, Duda and the two Young's.  I think doing that would be much better, as Duda is a dud and is helpless against lefties.


At least Chris Young and Satin can hit lefties...EY should just stay to being a left-handed hitter only, like Todd Hundley did years ago on the Mets, as he just looks helpless at times while batting right-handed.  


Even though Collins did say the four outfielders would play an even amount of time, there is no way he is going to hold true to his word on that--and as we know he doesn't always do what he says he'll do.  I see Lagares cementing himself into center, and now that Granderson's bat is picking up, he'll keep a starting spot as well, especially with his large salary....same will be true for Chris Young if he continues to hit...if he doesn't, that's where EY will see some time.


UNLESS, you get rid of Duda, put Murphy at first (def don't lose anything defensively as Duda is awful at second), and put EY at 2nd.  That would give you the best possible lineup the Mets can offer.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

I always said Lagares needed to hit to stay in the lineup, and he is doing just that. He's doing a great job but 3 weeks does not a season make.

Angelo Castelli
Angelo Castelli

Wouldn't it make more sense to keep Lagares in CF everyday and rotate the other three?

mets1973
mets1973

If feeling "normal" means getting two hits per game I'm all for that kind of "normal".

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Will he use Bruce as his theme song now?

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

That's awesome...hope he continues to excel.  Now if we can get Jason Granderson to gives us at least a 200 batting average with 10 homers and 30 RBIs for the year...I believe these are attainable goals for him and then he's worth the 60 million given to him.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

Let's see how he ends the year, but he is looking like an everyday player with some serious upside.  This kid could be a star. 

sellwilpon
sellwilpon

Start him everyday, put EY on bench, trade Gee for Cron from the angels, promote Montero, trade Wheeler plus others for Castro from the cubs, promote Thor and degrom and let's get on with this.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

He's made great strides, and is developing into a premier Outfielder, now he's ready for TC and Sandy to do the same as they did to Davis & Tejada!

Kyle Tompkins
Kyle Tompkins

Best Outfielder we have , has to start Everyday

Mo Pena
Mo Pena

This kid got to play every day is defense is to value and even more now that he hitting the ball well that's my opinion my people

mettle
mettle

Great, just in time to sit down for TC's 4 man rotation.

heynow20
heynow20

Don't you mean Curtis Bay?

paqza
paqza

@sellwilpon  Agree with some of it, don't agree with others. For one, Wheeler would require Starlin Castro + pieces, not the other way around. A young, cost-controlled pitcher with pedigree, a 96 MPH fastball, and a 2.99 FIP is much more valuable than a shortstop with poor OBP, questionable work ethic, and one who has declined every year since his debut offensively. I also would prefer to not have to cheer for a rapist on my team. I wouldn't mind a Wheeler for Alcantará + Jorge Soler trade, which would help as at SS and improve positional depth in the farm system. It also doesn't make sense to go after Cron, since Duda's actually the 2nd best hitter on the team right now and Duda+Gee is easily more valuable than Cron.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Not4Nutten Hopefully he can turn into an outfielder this team traded away by the name of Carlos Gomez. Just without the ego.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@mettle No matter what anyone thinks a rotation doesn't do a thing to help this outfield. Young has proven that he is a more productive outfielder when getting 150 Ab's. Sitting Lagares makes no sense at all. And the only way Granderson brakes out of his slump is by getting AB's. Truth is EY Jr should start getting some practice at short. And if he can show that he is as good as Tejada after time then he starts there and if not trade him.