Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/20/13
When this season started, everyone pointed to the Mets’ outfield as a major weakness. At the time, everyone wasn’t wrong. Coming out of Florida, the “set” lineup was Lucas Duda in left field, Collin Cowgill in center and a combination of Mike Baxter, Marlon Byrd and Jordany Valdespin manning right. Not exactly a group that will make you forget the power, speed and defense combination of Don Buford/Paul Blair/Frank Robinson from the 1968-71 Orioles or even the starting outfield of the Mets’ last pennant winner in 2000 – Benny Agbayani/Jay Payton/Darryl Hamilton. As expected, the 2013 version stumbled through the first month-to-six-weeks of the season. Sandy Alderson answered decisively. Cowgill was demoted and Juan Lagares arrived. A trade was made for Eric Young, Jr. Byrd hit his way into being a fulltime starter. Suddenly a semi-productive outfield was born. Young brings a speed dimension which had been missing, Lagares totes an outstanding glove and Byrd h...
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