PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins was a little less committal Saturday, but he recently had identified David Wright as his logical No. 2 hitter.
Collins suggested lineups function optimally with players with high OBP and OPS at the top of the lineup.
“We said, hey look, if we get these guys on en masse, we’ve got a chance to score some runs,” Collins said, reflecting on last season. “And we did that. So we started out the year with David hitting second. As you saw throughout baseball, the No. 2 hitter became a big hitter in a lot of lineups. The MVP hit second in the American League (Josh Donaldson).”
When asked why not place Walker second, Collins replied: “To have a switch-hitter in the middle of your lineup as opposed to being early might [be a] benefit.”