Eric Young Jr. Likely Heading to the Bench

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May 2

Before last night’s loss to the Rockies, Terry Collins addressed reporters and did a little backpedaling regarding his proposed four man outfield rotation.

“I don’t mind it for awhile,” Collins said. “I think in the long run, you’ve got to have three guys you’re going to run out there. To pick and choose your spots and who should play when, you can do that right now. But I think you’re going to look up and you’re going to want to have three guys that are primarily your guys are going to be out there.”

Initially, Collins said that Eric Young Jr., Chris Young, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were all good and deserved to play everyday.

“I don’t think there’s one guy you can point your finger at and say, hey, you’re not playing.”

Eric Young Jr. was not in Thursday’s starting lineup and Collins suggested for the first time that he might be better suited as a fourth outfielder because he can play all three outfield positions, as well as cover second base. This has been the majority sentiment all along among the fan base.

“It’s always amazing how many times late in the game you’ve got the pitcher coming up to lead off the inning,” Collins said. “And [Young] is the ideal guy to go hit in that spot. He can switch hit. And when he gets on, things happen. So it’s nice to have those types of guys over there.”

April 30

First, the good news. Barring any setbacks, the Mets plan to activate Juan Lagares from the disabled list on Thursday when they begin a four game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Terry Collins told reporters in Philadelphia that he intends to meet with Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. and educate them on his plan for the outfield going forward.

“They’re all good, and we can only play three of them. That’s the general message,” Collins said.

“The only message you can say is, ‘Listen, only three of you can play. So somebody is going to have some nights off. Each and every one of you are going to get some nights off.’ There’s no other way to really phrase it.”

“I think all of them deserve to be out there at some time,” Collins said. “They all have a key part on our club, and I don’t know how I’m going to rotate it just yet, but I think they all deserve an opportunity. I don’t think there’s one guy you can point your finger at and say, ‘Hey, you’re not playing.'”

Collins says that his plan will ensure that no player will miss back-to-back games.

  • Eric Young, who is batting .216 this season, is getting worse and is batting .162/.296/.216 during the two weeks since Lagares went on the DL.
  • Curtis Granderson is mired in a season-long slump and is batting .129 in 99 plate appearances, and .079 over the last 14 days.
  • Chris Young is batting .194 in ten games since being activated from the DL but has also been making solid contact of late.
  • Juan Lagares continues to lead the team with a .314 batting average and .816 OPS while providing stellar defense and limiting the opposition’s runs scored.

Don’t worry, Terry’s got this…

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