If not Granderson, Reyes, or Lagares, who bats leadoff?

You know what this Mets team could really use? A leadoff hitter. Our three in-house options – Jose Reyes, Curtis Granderson, and Juan Lagares – have been woefully ineffective thus far this season. At the time of this writing, all three are batting well under .200 with Granderson leading this hopeless trifecta with an OBP of .205.

Ideally, your leadoff hitter has an OBP over .350 and can steal bases. Currently, only a handful of such players exist and, unfortunately, none of them wears a blue and orange uniform. While there is no modern day Rickey Henderson or Tim Raines, there are players like A.J. Pollock, Charlie Blackmon, Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Dee Gordon, and Jean Segura. Curiously, the last four names on that last all changed uniforms in recent seasons without so much as a sniff from the Mets front office.

Two years ago, Granderson proved himself a worthy leadoff hitter and last year, he was at least serviceable, before giving way to Reyes at midseason, who helped spark the team. Through the first 20 games, these two and Lagares have been nothing short of awful. To Terry Collins‘ credit, he’s at least temporarily moved on from this hapless trio, opting to give Michael Conforto a shot at the top of the order. That may work in the short-term, but the hope is that Conforto can slide down in the order to help clear the bases and leave the table setting to someone else.

A look at the backs of their baseball cards tells you that at least one of these three struggling veterans should find their swing before long. Granderson and Reyes own career OBPs of .339 and.337, respectively. Granderson is a notoriously slow starter and Reyes may be distracted dealing with personal issues. Regardless of excuses, neither deserves to bat leadoff again until they start hitting and getting on base consistently. Until then, neither should even be playing regularly. Once Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda come off the disabled list, the Mets will have enough depth to afford to only play Granderson, Reyes, and Lagares sporadically until they get on track. In the meantime, Conforto should continue leading off.

Obviously, this is only a short term solution. By mid-season, if these guys haven’t turned it around, we may be looking at a new player atop the order – be it Amed Rosario or perhaps one of the above mentioned players via trade.

5 comments for “If not Granderson, Reyes, or Lagares, who bats leadoff?

  1. Jimmy P
    April 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    When Duda comes back, Conforto to CF and Granderson sits. He becomes the guy you “try to get in there” two games a week.

    Give a medal to Jay Bruce for the job he’s done at 1B, and in April overall. He shifts back to RF.

    Get Rosario up here around June 1.

    Hope that Matz is good to go by that point.

    And pray.

    • MattyMets
      April 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Jimmy P –

      That’s the second time this week I agree with everything you said. Cut that out. Leaves no room for argument.

  2. Popeye
    April 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

    So let’s see, don’t pitch the starters in ST save the bullets. Then when they can’t go 7’early in the season and the BP is burned, push them to 100 plus pitches. If you don’t take care of the starters it’s going to be a long season.

    • MattyMets
      April 28, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Popeye – you make an excellent point.

      I think the Mets did a lousy job of keeping April Northeast weather in mind as they prepped for the season.

  3. BK
    April 29, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Rosario may be our best shot at a leadoff hitter. I don’t see any trades on the horizon.

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