Apr 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) reacts to being called out on strikes in front of Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Young, Jr. must head to the bench when Chris Young returns


Who would start between Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. was a debate that raged all throughout spring training. When Chris Young went down early in the season with a quadriceps strain, the debate resolved itself. However, with Young due to return in 11 days, the Mets will again be faced with a decision – and it should be an easy one.

Eric Young, Jr. needs to be relegated to the bench.

Everyone knows about the value Lagares provides with his glove, but that was only one half of the equation as far as the Mets were concerned.

Prior to the season, the offensive advantage Young, Jr. held over Lagares was negligible. While the first six games of the season are a tiny sample size, Lagares’ approach at the plate (working the count, taking the ball the other way) matches up with his production.

Meanwhile, Young, Jr. has been dreadful at the plate.

Yes, we’re going off small sample sizes, but they’re the only thing we have to go off at this point.

If Lagares was the one struggling mightily at the plate, it’s likely that alarm bells would already be going off – with some sounded by Terry Collins. Since Lagares is excelling at the dish, he deserves to get some credit.

It’s not likely that Terry Collins’ infatuation with Young, Jr. and his speed will dissipate, but Juan Lagares starting every day in center field was the proper course of action prior to the season. So far, all Lagares has done is cemented his spot.

When Chris Young is activated from the disabled list, there shouldn’t be any talk of needing to get both Young, Jr. and Lagares in there on a regular basis. Lagares should be in center field, and Young, Jr. should be on the bench.

 

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  • Eric Kench

    Then why did the Mets sign Chris Young in the first place? I would’ve been satisfied with platooning Lagares and den Dekker.

    • stealthird17

      Den Dekker hits.350 in the spring and has a history of good defense, speed and some power and gets sent to Vegas?????

    • Eric Kench

      I know. I do have to question the FA signings that Alderson has made. We didn’t need Chris Young because we had Lagares, EYJ, and den Dekker. The Colon signing was also questionable because we’re so deep in young pitching i.e. Mejia and Montero. Granderson is looking more and more like Jason Bay.