Is It Time To Move Pagan Back To Top Of The Order?
Since coming off the disabled list, Angel Pagan has been a hitting machine.
With his hot return, it begs the question of whether Terry Collins should re-insert Pagan into the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
As Pagan regains his stroke, Justin Turner continues handling the bat well, which is ideal for a No. 2 hole hitter.
Daniel Murphy has also been hitting well as of late and may see time in the second spot once Ike Davis and David Wright return, though the timetable for that is very uncertain.
Pagan back in the two hole might be just what the Mets need to maintain a consistent offensive attack atop the order. Jose Reyes has been getting on base at an incredible rate and needs someone behind him that will constantly drive him in or move him over so someone else can drive him in.
Pagan can do both of these tasks very well. However, Turner has shown a similar prowess.
If the Mets decide to keep Turner in the No. 2 spot, Pagan would continue hitting in the sixth position as more of a run producer. He has the tools to fill this role, but it is not as suited for his game.
Pagan is a better two hole hitter for this team based on the one major advantage he has over Turner: speed. Turner is by no means slow, but he is a double-play candidate if he hits a hard ground ball. Avoiding an instant double-play whenever Reyes gets on base is key for the Mets in scoring runs.
Turner has also shown a little pop, which makes him a good fit for the sixth or seventh position in the batting order.
Collins will experiment with Pagan in leadoff position in the second game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, since Reyes has been placed on the bereavement list for the death of his grandmother.
Depending on how this works out, Pagan may settle into the top of the order, but in the second spot instead of the first.
This would be the possible batting order: Reyes, Pagan, Beltran, Bay (which I don’t like but does create a balance), Murphy, Turner, Catcher, Tejada. It’s not exactly Murderer’s Row, but it’s a lineup that can rely on speed and timely hitting to manufacture runs.
We’ll see what Collins decides to do for the long haul. Though I’d like to see Pagan in the two hole, I’d love to hear other opinions on why or why not this is a good fit.
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About the Author: Jim Mancari
Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He recently earned a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University. He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets fans, Jim has plenty of hope. He also writes as the sports reporter for the Brooklyn Tablet newspaper and the senior editor of metroBASEBALL Magazine. Click my name to view my personal website.
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