In the television broadcasts this spring in which Keith Hernandez has been in the booth, he’s provided his insights into the best potential Mets’ batting order.
He said that the best lineup will have length, and I agree. The team isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse, so it will have to create ways to get the maximum production.
The potential lineup would be the following:
Jordany Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Collin Cowgill, CF
Ruben Tejada, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Marlon Byrd, RF
Lucas Duda, LF
John Buck, C
Let’s start with spots No. 2-8. I like Tejada in the No. 2 hole better than the No. 8 hole. Based on his spring training (though that shouldn’t be the primary indicator), he’s more suited as a guy who can move runners over rather than hit for a high average.
Moving a runner over in the No. 8 hole is useless since the pitcher follows. But in the No. 2 hole, at least Tejada can give Murphy, Wright, Davis, etc. a chance to drive in runs.