Jason Bay's Affect on the Mets Batting Order

Wendy AdairAnalyst IDecember 31, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jason Bay #44 of the Boston Red Sox watches his three run shot to left center off starting pitcher Lenny DiNardo #41 of the Kansas City Royals during the third inning of the game on September 21, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Provided Jason Bay passes his physical, he will become a Met next week, and he will be their left fielder.

But where will he hit?

The most logical place for him is 5th, with David Wright hitting 3rd and Carlos Beltran hitting 4th, being that, as of right now, Carlos Delgado is not in the Mets picture for 2010.

Another right-handed bat does give David Wright some protection in the lineup. Hopefully Wright's power numbers will improve, but as long as he's productive in driving in runs, to me it doesn't matter how the runs score.

Wright should stay in the 3rd spot for his speed (27 stolen bases) and OBP (.390), he is ideal for both set up and run-producer in lineup. He was the Mets leader in stolen bases, runs scored and RBI in 2009, only his power numbers suffered, but will likely return to form in 2010.

Beltran and Bay will likely have the 4th and 5th spots as the true power slots in the lineup. Many fans feel that Wright should be dropped down to 5th or 6th as some kind of punishment for his power numbers dropping in 2009.

I do think Bay will be a valuable addition to the Mets lineup and 2010 will be much different than 2009, we can only hope for the players and fans.