Is David Wright the Mets’ best option at leadoff?
Let me preface this by saying I don’t believe it will ever happen — at least not under current manager Terry Collins, who is typically conservative with his lineup construction. Today’s lead story on Mets.com breaks down the actual candidates for the job.
But sabermetricians have argued for years that a team’s best on-base threat should bat leadoff, and David Wright is clearly that for the Mets. Hitting Wright first in the lineup would guarantee him a few dozen extra at-bats over the course of the season.
“I see it,” Wright said of that argument. “But there’s also probably more likelihood that if you’re hitting three or four, you get more at-bats over the course of the season with runners in scoring position. If you tinker with something, you’ve got to give up something.”
Wright, who actually led the Mets with 15 stolen bases last season, also argued that batting directly after the pitcher’s spot would hurt his run production during the middle innings. But he concluded that “if [Collins] wants to hit me leadoff, I’ll hit leadoff.”
Don’t worry, David. It ain’t likely to happen anytime soon.
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