A typical National League roster in 2012 has 12 pitchers and 13 hitters. The breakdown of the hitters usually is: 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders. Because of the ability of Justin Turner to play all four infield positions, the Mets have gone with 5 infielders and 6 outfielders recently. But Turner’s injury yesterday throws a wrench into those plans.
It probably wasn’t a long-term plan in any event so the Mets are going to have to make some tough decisions in the near-future, ones made even more complicated by the return of Jason Bay, who has been out since April 23rd with a fractured rib. After going 8-8 with Bay active, the Mets have gone 19-14 in his absence.
Let’s take a look at the outfielders and look for their strengths and weaknesses.
Pro: Has excelled as a pinch-hitter and performed well when given a chance to start recently
Con: Hitless this year versus LHP and looks unsure in the outfield
Pro: Tied for team lead in HR and is 2nd in...