Why David Wright makes sense as Mets' No. 2 hitter

David Wright looks like the early favorite to hit second for the Mets. Adam Rubin/ESPN.com

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.

Among everyday players, Wright’s OBP led the team at .379 last season, followed by Curtis Granderson at .364 and Lucas Duda at .352.

“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).”

In the lineup Collins projected a few weeks ago, he listed Granderson leading off, followed by Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, Duda, Neil Walker, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera.

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.”