Opening Day for the Mets is not until April 3rd when the Braves venture into Citi Field, but I’m going to be bold and make a long range prediction of what the Met batting order will look like that day. Barring injury, Atlanta will assuredly start their ace, right hander Julio Teheran, so there will be an inclination toward left handed batters where feasible.
Lead off.. Center fielder Curtis Granderson. He has batted lead off before, especially in 2015, he has a good eye at the plate, and he bats from the left side. If the Mets are ahead late in a close one, Juan Lagares will replace him in the field.
Second.. Second baseman Neil Walker. The switch-hitter had better stats from the right side last year, but he still put up a .266/.333/.433 slash line batting left.
Third… Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Batting third seems like his natural place, and he hit 25 of his 31 homers against right handers in 2015.
Cleanup…Right fielder Jay Bruce. This choice may be controversial, considering his poor finish last year with the Mets. He did hit 33 homers for the year, and he is a left handed batter.
Fifth… Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He, like Walker, is a switch-hitter who does better against lefties, but is productive from the left side of the plate as well. Also like Walker, he has good power for a middle infielder.
Sixth… First baseman Lucas Duda. The left handed batter is coming off a miserable, injury plagued 2016. If he’s back to his old form in spring training, he could be batting higher in the order.
Eighth.. Catcher Rene Rivera. He won’t be the starter most pf the time, but he’s good at throwing out runners, and more importantly the guy who’s going to be on the mound to start the opener likes pitching to him.
Ninth… Pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Collins has already said Syndergaard will be on the mound for the opener, and he richly deserves the honor.
Note that of the first six batters five either bat left handed or are switch-hitters. The one right handed batter in the top or middle part of the order is Cespedes, who hits both right handers and lefties pretty well.