The Mets leadoff men have been terrible

Posted: April 28, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

A big factor in the Mets 10-12 start, has been the play of the guy batting first in the order. In 22 games this season the Mets in the leadoff spot in the batting order are hitting just .217 with a .287 on-base percentage with 23 strikeouts in 102 plate appearances.

The Mets have used six leadoff guys in 22 games. Guys like Collin Cowgill, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter were expected to play a lot as leadoff hitters this season, but the trio have struggled badly offensively early on.

The Mets best option may be Jordany Valdespin who has been hot to start the season.

The Mets have little team speed and have lacked a true leadoff hitter since Jose Reyes departed in free agency. Reyes signed a six-year deal in Miami worth north of $100 million.

This will be a problem all year as the Mets don’t have a leadoff hitter anywhere on their 40-man roster. That’s why bringing in center fielder Michael Bourn would have been a good idea. Bourn signed a four-year deal with the Indians instead.

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Comments
  1. Michael Young says:

    Well the Mets had a proto typical lead off all star and batting champion but they failed to make him an offer after the 2011 season. Now he is sidelined with an injury sustained while playing for Toronto. The Wilpons need to get that the fans want them to take care of all their own home grown stars like they did David Wright.

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Mike, that’s what Reyes said but I’m not buying that they never made Jose an offer. They were trying to negotiate with him practiaclly the whole year. As we got toward the deadline it became apparent to me that if they were going to sign him, they would have done it by now. I would have traded him for prospects but he got hurt right at the deadline which really hurt the Mets. Their were rumors that they could have gotten Erick Aybar from the Angels or Maddie Bumgarner from the Giants. Im not sure if they could have gotten either one of them but they definitely could have gotten a lot. Its really too bad that he left and that they got nothing for him. If the Mets want to be sucessful they need to lock up their young stars before they get close to free agency. Thanks again Mike!

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