Print and Go Back SweetSpot [Print without images]

Monday, July 12, 2010
RF platoon a plus for Mets

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran's return will likely shift Angel Pagan to right field and Jeff Francoeur to the bench.
As I wrote on July 22, this is the only move that makes sense:

I don't know if the Mets are good enough to catch the Braves. But an outfield composed of Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, and a Pagan/Francoeur platoon is going to put some runs on the board. The Mets currently rank 12th in the league in OPS, and they simply have to improve by at least a few spots in the second half. Getting Beltran into the lineup every day (and Francoeur out) won't solve the problem, but you do what you can and hope Ike Davis and Jose Reyes do their parts, too.

Meanwhile, Francoeur's public reaction gives us an idea of why his managers seem to have been so fond of him.