2014 Fantasy Baseball: The Frustrating Outfield Of New York Mets
Similarly to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets are having problems setting an everyday lineup in their outfield. The team currently has four outfielders fighting for three spots; Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Chris Young, and Eric Young Jr . The team has constantly changed their lineup, and as a result, the fantasy baseball community is starting to get rather frustrated with the situation.
Chris Young was brought in to be an everyday bat, but he started the year on the DL. Consdering the team signed him to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million, the veteran will be in the lineup as long as he is healthy. He has nine RBIs in 18 games and the left-fielder has already smacked two homers.
Granderson was similarly paid a lot of money ($60 million) this off-season to become the power-hitter in the team’s lineup. Unfortunately, he has yet to find his swing this season. He has a pathetic .175 batting average and has shockingly struck out 35 times in 32 games. The team paid him too much to sit him, but he may need a couple days off at some point soon to clear his head.
Lagares, on the other hand, has been absolutely lights out this season. He has a .316 average at the moment and has smacked six doubles in the last eight games alone. He is the hottest hitter in New York’s lineup and currently has the most value among the team’s outfielders.
With Lagares taking over as the leadoff hitter, Young Jr. remains the odd-man out in Flushing. While his .212 batting average is a sight for sore eyes, the outfielder has an outstanding .313 OBP. He is also second in the NL with 12 stolen bases and has scored 21 runs in 29 games. Despite his amazing all-around skill-set, EY2 remains on the bench.
Skipper Terry Collins remains steadfast that it will be a four-man game of music chairs for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, though, it will continue to take away from the daily fantasy value of each outfielder until there is a full-time solution.
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