With just under a month of pitcher and catchers, the Mets roster is beginning to take shape. Brodie Van Wagenen has added a ton of solid depth pieces over the past month, most notably veteran infielder Jed Lowrie was signed to a two-year deal last week.
Though there is still some offseason left, Van Wagenen and company seem to be for the most part satisfied with their offense. With that being said, here is a potential lineup Mickey Callaway may run out on Opening Day 2019.
- Brandon Nimmo CF
- Jed Lowrie 3B
- Robinson Cano 2B
- Michael Conforto RF
- Wilson Ramos C
- Todd Frazier 1B
- Jeff McNeil LF
- Amed Rosario SS
I think we can all agree that Nimmo is the ideal leadoff hitter for the Mets next season. Last season he broke out in a huge way, posting a .404 on-base percentage and .886 OPS. Nimmo certainly showed he belongs at the top of the order for the Mets in 2019.
Next up is Jed Lowrie, who will be a tremendous addition to the second spot in the order for the Mets next season. Last season in Oakland, Lowrie had a career high 23 home runs and drove in 99 RBI. He will serve as a nice switch hitting complement to Nimmo, and a solid table setter for the middle of the order.
Back during the Winter Meetings Callaway named Cano his three hitter, and I figure he will still be there on Opening Day. Over his 14-year MLB career, Cano has a .297/.357/.477 slash line with 117 homers and 459 RBI in 3,416 at-bats in the third spot in the order.
The middle of the order is where things get interesting for the Mets. After a strong finish last season, Conforto seems to be in for a breakout 2019 season, and he can certainly bat cleanup. However, if Callaway wants to keep the pressure of hitting fourth off the youngster, Wilson Ramos could also jump into that spot.
With the recent depth additions, the Mets will likely keep Peter Alonso in Triple-A to start next season. Therefore, I view Todd Frazier as the Opening Day first baseman, as long as he isn’t traded. Frazier certainly is a solid veteran presence, and he has a chance to be a nice bounce back candidate after a disappointing 2018 season.
The Mets also seem very set on the idea of utilizing Jeff McNeil a ton in the outfield. If given this chance, I think he will ultimately claw his way into the Opening Day lineup. McNeil’s contact first approach at the plate brings a completely new dynamic to this lineup.
Lastly, Amed Rosario will be batting eighth. I would love to hit Rosario towards the top of the order with his speed, but his plate discipline and on-base percentage just aren’t top of the order material at the moment. Although, Rosario did take some tremendous strides in the second-half of 2018, and I think he is in for a breakout 2019 season.
With the significant infield depth, Mickey Callaway will certainly have many different options to run out there every single day. However, this is how I think the Mets will lineup in 68 days when they take the field against the Nationals on Opening Day.