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Modest Proposal
April 01, 2013
The Mets' lack of quality outfielders makes building a lineup difficult—the players they have simply aren't good enough to bat high in the order. Jordany Valdespin might lock down the leadoff spot, but old-school manager Terry Collins can do his offense a favor by leaning on a new-school idea. He should move David Wright into the number 2 hole, rather than use a traditional "bat-control," two-hole man like Ruben Tejada or ask too much from a spare part like Collin Cowgill. Studies have shown that a team's best hitter should bat second, largely because it would mean an extra 18 plate appearances a season compared with third, Wright's usual spot—the equivalent of five more games for New York's biggest bat. Batting second could be a boon for Wright too. He's more hitter than slugger and has always had the ability to go to rightfield. Batting with a man on first could open a hole on the right side of the infield—a distinctly old-school benefit Collins will enjoy.
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April 01, 2013

Modest Proposal

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The Mets' lack of quality outfielders makes building a lineup difficult—the players they have simply aren't good enough to bat high in the order. Jordany Valdespin might lock down the leadoff spot, but old-school manager Terry Collins can do his offense a favor by leaning on a new-school idea. He should move David Wright into the number 2 hole, rather than use a traditional "bat-control," two-hole man like Ruben Tejada or ask too much from a spare part like Collin Cowgill. Studies have shown that a team's best hitter should bat second, largely because it would mean an extra 18 plate appearances a season compared with third, Wright's usual spot—the equivalent of five more games for New York's biggest bat. Batting second could be a boon for Wright too. He's more hitter than slugger and has always had the ability to go to rightfield. Batting with a man on first could open a hole on the right side of the infield—a distinctly old-school benefit Collins will enjoy.

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