Terry Collins doesn’t plan on utilizing his outfield the right way

Posted: February 19, 2014 in Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

If Terry Collins has his way, Juan Lagares could start the season on the bench or even in Triple A

If Terry Collins has his way, Juan Lagares could start the season on the bench or even in Triple A

Terry Collins has yet to decide on his starting outfield but we already know that Curtis Granderson and Chris Young will play every day. Eric Young Jr. is the favorite to be an everyday outfielder according to Terry Collins. Collins says unless he changes his approach, Juan Lagares will be a bench player. “As we sit here today, Eric Young is the guy you want to see at the top of the lineup,” Collins said last week.

 In that scenario Chris Young would play centerfield, Granderson would play right and Eric Young Jr. would play left field. This would be a mistake.

Juan Lagares, is the Mets best centerfielder by far and he should play every day in center even if he hits .240 again. He needs to work on his approach but he should be a better hitter coming into his second season. Lagares can bat 8th as long as he is playing centerfield every day. His defense will make up for his bat over the course of a full season.

Eric Young Jr. is best used as a fourth outfielder who can come into the game late and pinch run. The Mets haven’t had any speed on their bench in some time but that could change with EY Jr.

Chris Young has the better arm compared to Grandy so he should play right field. He also probably has slightly better range than Granderson so he should play the bigger right field at CitiField for the Mets. That would put Granderson in left, a position he has played before.

If Lagares has a strong spring all of this comes to fruition but he had shown enough last year that he shouldn’t have to win the job this spring.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – What you day makes a lot of sense to most Mets fans. However, we fans are not MLB managers like Terry Collins. If TC thinks that Eric Young Jr. batting lead off and starting in LF gives the Mets their best chance to win then lets just wait and see what happens with that strategy. Juan Lagares isn’t gong ant where and if we have our preferences another 240 hitter like Tejada in the line up isn’t going to win ball games in the long run. Speed at the top can win ball games. If all it does is let the 2, 3 and 4 hitters see more fast balls to hit and drive him in then than run could be the difference between a win and a loss for our starters. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I understand your point it’s just that I believe Lagares will hit better than .240 and I would much rather have Lagares’ offense and defense playing everyday over EY Jr’s offense and defense playing everyday. The only issue is who would then leadoff? It’s a question that needs to be addressed soon. Thanks for the comment Mike!

  2. I am more confident in Juan Lagares being a starting center fielder on a competitive team than I am of Terry Collins being the manager of said team.

    • Steven Inman says:

      Metssilverman- I believe Terry Collins is the right guy for the job but I am with you here, I believe it would be a mistake for Lagares to start the season on the bench or in Triple A, EY Jr. isn’t that much better of an offensive player to warrant sitting Lagares down. Thanks for the comment!

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