The New York Mets are only 89 wins away from the 90 win season that general manager Sandy Alderson declared the goal for this year, as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 at Citi Field. Before the game, reports were out that Lucas Duda was going to receive an extender shot to be the everyday first baseman. With Duda at first, the Mets and Terry Collins have found the lineup they should be using everyday.
With Chris Young on the 15-day DL, it has given youngster Juan Lagares a chance to start. Lagares has been the best hitter for the Mets so far this season, and deserves to stay in the lineup along with Eric Young Jr.
No matter what, Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Curtis Granderson are going to be regulars in the lineup at the two, three and four spots, respectively, but everything else is up for grabs. Young Jr. is expected to leadoff and should after being a good spark plug for the Mets last year. Lagares should be the starting center fielder, and if he continues to swing the bat like this, he will be a regular in the six spot.
Duda has struggled in his career with runners in scoring position, but this season, he looks like he is ready to run away with the starting job at first base. Ruben Tejada is sadly the only option the Mets have at shortstop. Travid d’Arnaud will eventually start hitting, as he has been a great hitter at every level up until his recent struggles.
The Mets need a lot to go right in order for them to win 90 games. The bullpen has been horrible and the players have to stop striking out, but the lineup the Mets had last night is what they should have every night.