“They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as a way of keeping the club going. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.” ~ Casey Stengel
Here is the official Opening Day roster followed by a look at today’s potential lineup.
As for the Opening Day lineup, because the Mets have opted to forgo a fifth bat for the bench, choosing instead to carry an extra arm in the bullpen, the Mets are now considering an unorthodox starting lineup.
According to a report by Marc Carig, sources tell him that Opening Day lineup will have Curtis Granderson leading off, David Wright batting second, Lucas Duda hitting third, and Michael Cuddyer batting cleanup ahead of Daniel Murphy in the fifth spot.
Further, Carig points out than given the smaller bench, batting the pitcher eighth may make more sense even with Bartolo Colon. He says it reduces the chances of Collins burning a pinch hitter in that spot.
He speculates the Opening Day lineup to look like this:
- Curtis Granderson (L) RF
- David Wright (R) 3B
- Lucas Duda (L) 1B
- Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
- Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
- Wilmer Flores (R) SS
- Juan Lagares (R) CF
- Bartolo Colon (R) RHP
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
Also, because Eric Campbell is not on the team, they have no emergency catcher meaning Anthony Recker is not going to see any pinch hitting duties.