Terry Collins wanted to keep a set lineup, but that hope has long since gone. Here it is, Game #21 and the Mets are on their 19th different batting order.
Tonight against Kyle Kendrick as several new twists, beginning with David Wright hitting clean-up, Lucas Duda batting fifth and Ike Davis dropping to seventh.
That seems logical; especially considering Wright is 9-for-18 against Kendrick, including two doubles and two homers.
However, what I don’t understand is why Ruben Tejada, who is batting .217, including .118 over his last seven games, is hitting second while Jordany Valdespin is eighth. You might not like Valdespin’s demeanor, but he does make things happen and he has speed.
Until Tejada snaps out of his funk, keep him eighth, and the same applies to Davis at seventh.
Here’s the order:
Mike Baxter, RF
Ruben Tejada, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Lucas Duda, LF
John Buck, C
Ike Davis, 1B
Jordany Valdespin, CF
Dillon Gee, RHP
Overall, the Mets are averaging just under ...