While reading Joel Sherman’s latest column at the NY Post, he gave his take on what the Mets lineup would like if he were filling out the lineup card. He is operating on the assumption that the Mets will sign Bengie Molina and re-sign Carlos Delgado.
If I were writing out the Mets’ lineup – especially if they land Delgado and Molina – this is what I would do: 1. Reyes. 2. Wright. 3. Beltran. 4. Bay. 5. Delgado. 6. Francoeur. 7. Molina. 8. Castillo.
He justifies it as follows:
1) A huge key to this Mets season is the need to get Wright going again. By hitting Wright between the speed of Reyes and the might of Beltran, he should get plenty of fastballs, plus his patience should help Reyes on the bases.
2) Castillo sees pitches, but he is no threat atop the lineup. I would rather have an opposing pitcher walk a minefield of Reyes/Wright/Beltran/Bay/Delgado as much as possible and not give that pitcher the reprieve of Castillo, who just cannot drive the ball for extra bases.
3) Castillo at the bottom of the order at least provides some patience – prior to the pitcher’s spot – after Francoeur and Molina, two of the least patient hitters in the majors. I think if Francoeur, Molina and the pitcher are run together, the Mets are setting up a bottom third of the lineup that is going to be retired on 6-7 pitches in total too frequently.
He makes a lot of sense and I can’t help noticing how imposing that lineup looks.
I love having the switch hitting Beltran batting in between right-handed batters Wright and Bay, and all of a sudden having Delgado’s lefty bat in the five hole followed by Francouer and Molina… well it looks quite intimidating.
Of course if the Mets fail to get Delgado, it changes the complexion a little, but it’s still rather imposing if you move Francoeur up to the five spot and replaced him with Daniel Murphy at number six.
Either way, I’m very excited about today’s turn of events.
Regarding Bengie Molina, Sherman writes:
One Mets official flatly said the organization will not budge from its offer of one year with an option. The Mets cannot see another team that needs a catcher that is willing to go to two years and – even if there is – the Mets are leery of giving the bulky, 35-year-old Molina more than one guaranteed year.
It’s good to see the Mets sticking to their guns after a season in which many expected they would act desperately. Good job by all.