Rubin: Who will bat leadoff for the Mets?

Ruben Tejada 1 polaroidIn his 20 questions series for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin asks, “Who’s up first for the Mets?”

“Terry Collins has not firmly decided. But Ruben TejadaCollin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy would get the most consideration, along with “maybe” Kirk Nieuwenhuis, according to the manager,” Rubin explains.

Rubin says Tejada remains the most likely candidate to leadoff but says none of the candidates are ideal choices.

In 361 plate appearances in the leadoff spot, Tejada hit .293 with a .334 OBP with 19 walks, 46 strikeouts, 19 doubles, 2 stolen bases and 38 runs scored in 2012.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets do not have a leadoff hitter on the current roster; this is where Michael Bourn could come in handy. The Mets do not possess much speed, and they really lack an overall catalyst in any part of the roster. That hurt them last year, as they were mostly a station-to-station, singles hitting team, and it often took three or four hits to score a run. That doesn’t seem like it’s going to change this season either, unless they make an acquisition to fill that void. But whether that happens or not, they’ll need more strategic bases stealing and better baserunning from guys like Tejada, as Rubin suggests.