Early on in the season, the Mets have struggled in the clutch. There is no way around it. That is the fact. Now, they need to figure out what the best course of action is, considering how they need to make a change to make this lineup click. I have a few suggestions.
First. Leave Jose Reyes in the number one spot. I know people may call for him to hit third, but that was just talk. Reyes invokes fear when he gets on the bases, and his rightful place is at the top of the lineup. His newly found patience will help his on base percentage grow to be an elite figure.
Next, I think it is time for the Mets to move Luis Castillo back up to the two hole. It has nothing to do with Daniel Murphy’s approach, but more, it helps balance out the bottom of the lineup. Castillo’s speed and patience make him a solid number two hitter, and I think the Mets need to reform the one-two punch that was in place last season.
I think the Mets are going to experiment with Carlos Beltran and David Wright. Swapping them in the order might do some good. If they were swapped, it would make it much more difficult for opposing managers to play match ups, because the Mets would have an alternating cycle.
Wright wouldn’t have as much protection though, as Church would be behind him, so he would have to be especially patient to make this move pay off. Overall though, the 3-5 spots in the order may change like a merry go round until the Mets figure out a combination that works.
Ryan Church should be left alone in the six spot. He is showing signs of being a doubles machine early on in the season. He plays quality defense, and he is a pretty patient hitter. Having him, followed by Murphy would be a nice punch. Now, I know what you are thinking. Murphy is excelling.
But, he will be just as much, if not more, important as the number seven hitter. Moving him there takes at-bats away from Brian Schneider, which can never be a bad thing, and he can make pitchers work even harder. His ability to go the other way will help him succeed in RBI situations, and the move could help bolster his already impressive numbers.
Brian Schneider. Bat eighth. You’re an automatic out. Enough said.
What do you guys think?