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Terry Collins is still searching for ways to play Eric Young Jr.

3:37 pm: Eric Young Jr. will start in left field and hit leadoff Monday against the Yankees (Mets on Twitter, May 12).

Bobby Abreu will be the DH, Curtis Granderson will be in right field, Chris Young will start in center, and Juan Lagares will be on the bench.


2:01 pm: Young Jr. started Sunday against the Phillies and went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, after which Terry Collins said he needs to get Young in the lineup more often.

The Mets are 15-11 with Young in the starting lineup and 2-8 when he’s not, despite his .234 batting average and .325 OBP (ESPN, May 11).

“He is a sparkplug,” Collins said after Sunday’s win, repeating a statement he made several times during the off season. “He’s an energy guy. When you play with high energy, people catch on to it. I’ve got to do a better job of getting him in there.”


Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This is complex. It’s not as simple as it seems. The 15 wins could easily be a byproduct of something that has absolutely nothing to do with EY. I mean, maybe the Mets should be 20-6 in those games, but he’s actually holding them back? I doubt that, but who knows? The point is, the Mets are often a better team with him on the bench and Chris Young in the lineup.

It may mean better rotating by Collins. It may be that Young is only effective in spot starts, with sporadic play. It may be that Young plays on days against lesser pitching. I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is that Curtis Granderson is underperforming, Juan Lagares has too much potential to sit, and Eric and Chris Young are sometimes good, sometimes terrible. I’m not going to pretend to know how Terry should juggle this less-than-ideal situation, but it’s obvious he isn’t satisfied and is feeling a similar confusion about what to do.




123 comments
John G Oleon
John G Oleon

well I guess that worked out...even though I thought it was a terrible move

tw22
tw22

Chris Young has been subpar in every aspect of his game except for hitting with runners on base. Fine, but I just watched him try to pick a ball up with his glove after getting a bad jump and missing the chance to make a clean play. He should be not be our centerfielder, we have one, its Lagares, and EYJ is more productive offensive in the long run. Chris Young, thanks but no thanks.

He can play 2B so why not SS??

jaysonl
jaysonl

i know the numbers dont say it but young jr. has to play every day.  One of the underrated thing the Mets struggle in (among a host of others) is running the bases.  yes, the last week and a half of losing had a lot to do with not hitting with RISP but a lot of it was we had extra base hits that didnt score runners from 1b.  Not going 1st to 3d not stealing bases etc.  EY brings that to the table.  he doesnt get on often but when he does, she scores runs

Angel Soto
Angel Soto

Didn't he just say Lagares is an everyday player?? but yet here he goes getting benched for the 2nd time since being back from injury. And don't give me that bs excuse for easing him back that's what rehab is for. C'mon. And i'm hoping Katz really wants to sell his share cause doesn't that mean wilpon wont be majority share holder. They need a change.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

The 1 choice that absolutely can't be the correct decision is to bench Lagares so of course that's the 1 TC chooses. And in a game where they have an extra bat in the lineup with the DH to boot. I get Grandy has to start with his contract and vs a RHP in his old haunt of Yankee Stadium. But really EY, CY and Abreu all deserve to be in the lineup over Lagares? What a joke!

Corey
Corey

i don't care who they bench, Lagares should play everyday.

mique1313
mique1313

I say bench Granderson for a couple of games and see what happens.  Yes he was the big FA signing but you have to perform.   This is a produciton business.  Maybe the days off might get him going.  I still think the Mets needed to get an additional big bat to bat behind Grandy.  Grandy is not a #4 type hitter.  Cruz would've been good but that's neither here nor there at this point.

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

Are these decisions made by Terry?  Is this why his ML record is hovering around .490? He really is a clown... 

Dan Wiener
Dan Wiener

Crhis Young should become a bench ornament.......wow, what a waste of $$$....

owlnut
owlnut

Another idiotic decision by TC. Lagares is hitting so why is he sitting? Young is not hitting so he is playing. Whatever mess Alderson has made of the team, TC is destroying the rest.

grillruben
grillruben

Chris Young has been ice cold and could legitimately use a day off. I just don't understand the logic this org uses in their decision making processes.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

The Mets are 15-11 with Young in the starting lineup and 2-8 when he’s not, despite his .234 batting average and .325 OBP (ESPN, May 11).

Pretty sure that is the definition of a relevantless stat.  How can anyone be stupid enough to buy into the record based on the next line?

SufferingMetsFan
SufferingMetsFan

Unless Lagares is sick he should absolutely be playing over CY or Abreu, good job once again Terry

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

My biggest problem with the mets is that they can never seem to develop position players. Ironically when they have a pretty good one whose young and plays a gold glove CF they leave him on the bench. Any other team plays the young guy with potential. Mets leave these guys on the bench and try to make then platoon guys.

drmetfan
drmetfan

The wrong guy was benched. Lagares is the Mets centerfielder of today and the future. I hope the Mets can find a trade partner for CY.

mustang66
mustang66

the best person they could bring up from AAA is Wally Backman. This guy has no Guts.

archer41
archer41

TC is a disappointing moron.


eavdr10
eavdr10

The move was CY to sit not the young player that we are trying to groom for the future. Should have sat the 31 year old LFer that will be playing somewhere else next year. This team either needs to admit that they can't compete or start getting some real players who can. We have gained nothing in 4 years if you don't count a couple of young kids who throw hard but haven't proved anything.

1harris1
1harris1

Perhaps Legares is sick? There's a stomach bug supposedly spreading through the clubhouse. Just a thought.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

wow so the Mets have a chance to play Lagares and young without losing anything in the outfield and they dont do it. smh

upstaphan
upstaphan

Is Terry trying to be fired?

D
D

Terry is freaking terrible

1harris1
1harris1

I doubt it 's EY in center and CY in left. Has to be the other way around.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Classic TC, I would of DH'd grandy and went with EY Lagares CY, but thats just me.. I guess this is why abreu is on the bench

Mike Garrison
Mike Garrison

This is insane to me. This guy finally has an opportunity to play all four OF'ers and he decides to bench the best defensive one. DH CY, and put EY in left tonight. Unless Abreu has out of this world numbers against Kuroda, I don't understand this.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Angel Soto That was the kiss of death for Lagares. Every time TC says something you can bet the opposite will happen a few days later

danielg
danielg

@owlnut  i strongly disagree, the mets are like 15-11 or something along the lines of that when EY plays.  who knows why but he is a spark plug.  that being said, i dont want lagares to sit either and i rather try to find a way to put EY at short or something because all 4 OF need to play

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

Agreed on TC old time washed up manager needs to go for a younger guy

eavdr10
eavdr10

No Collins just doesn't care for lagraes and the Mets play you if you make alot of money. Doesn't matter if you stink. They should try playing who earns it like seattle did with Russel Wilson instead of the newly signed matt flynn

grillruben
grillruben

@MJP1313 @metsblog 

To be fair it's not like we are playing in an American league ballpark where you get an extra bat in the lineup..

heynow20
heynow20

I'm sorry but you lost me at Rickey Henderson...

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

I think you need to re-evaluate your definition of "superstar". Lagares can be a good player, but a superstar?

heynow20
heynow20

3/13 equates to a batting avg of .231, which is not great but is also EY's avg for the entire year. Wouldn't the small sample size of 13 at bats for Lagares get trumped by the 107 at bats EY has had for the entire season?

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Players go through slumps...it's not even that big of a slump. It happens to every player at one point or another during the season.

mustang66
mustang66

then he should take David Wright out

mustang66
mustang66

it's hilarious. They don't like him and they don't like Murphy. There to players

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Haha, he doesn't have superstar potential...unless that is, you think there are 50 superstars in the league.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

I know what you said... you said he's going to be a superstar. How many superstars do you think are in the league right now? Some people have differentopinions on who is a "superstar". I would say there are no more than 10 superstars in baseball at any given time and I don't think Lagares will ever be in the top 10.

mustang66
mustang66

wow what a concept he hustled