Earlier this week, Terry Collins said he intends to rotate Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. in and out of the three outfield positions, with no player ever sitting in back-to-back games. The Mets also have Bobby Abreu and Collins has said he would like to give a start to the 40-year-old every now and then.
Lagares is on his way to Colorado (NY Post, May 1), where he is expected to be activated from the disabled list before Thursday’s game against the Rockies.
“For me, I don’t think about that,” Lagares said this week (Daily News, May 1). “I just want to keep working hard and be there for the team. Anywhere they need me I want to be ready for it. Any decision they make, they know what they’re doing. I just want to go work hard and work every day. If I don’t play, then I’ll be ready.”
Lagares 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.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
This system Collins is discussing sounds overly complicated and, to be honest, I’d be shocked if he actually uses it for more than a week, two at the most. As we already saw this season, when Lagares went down, these logjams tend to work themselves out more often than not. Even if all four players stay healthy, it’s hard to imagine playing time being taken from Chris Young, who is starting to get in a much-needed power groove; or Granderson, who the team desperately needs to work his way out of this month-long slump. Between a healthy and productive Lagares and Eric Young Jr., whose OBP is down to .315 for the season, I just don’t see the young defensive whiz with offensive upside getting left on the bench.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I don’t think Terry will be able to effectively manage a revolving outfield, so I don’t think the rotation will last very long Playing specific match-ups is one thing, but to play musical chairs with four outfielders probably won’t work; and could easily hinder their performances. For instance, Granderson will not break out of his slump if he’s sitting on the bench every three days; nor will the Mets be able to consistently maximize Lagares’ spectacular defensive skills and promise at the plate. Ultimately, like Maggie, I don’t see either Granderson or Chris Young losing playing time, so it should eventually come down to what happens between Lagares and Eric Young Jr..