Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. (left) greets center fielder Juan Lagares (right) after defeating the Miami Marlins 4-2 in ten innings at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Young, Jr. is 9 for 42 since Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list

Since Mets center fielder Juan Lagares landed on the disabled list on April 15 with a pulled right hamstring, Eric Young, Jr. – the beneficiary of lots of playing time in his stead – has struggled at the plate.

Between April 15 and April 27, Young, Jr. has gone 9 for 42 at the plate, while his batting average has slipped from .255 to .216. As his batting average has slipped, so has his on base percentage – from a season high of .361 on April 19 to its current mark of .320.

When digging a little deeper, you’ll notice that Young, Jr’s. BABIP , as well as his line drive, ground ball, and fly ball rates, are all right around his career norms – meaning he isn’t getting terribly lucky or unlucky thus far in 2014.

While Young, Jr. has swiped lots of bases (second in the National League) and scored his share of runs (also second in the National League), he’s simply not a player whose presence on the roster should prevent Juan Lagares from playing every day upon his return.

Mets manager Terry Collins may be enthralled with Young, Jr.’s speed, but the speed can’t mask the fact that Young, Jr. is a bench player.

If Collins is unable to properly make the decision to play Lagares every day at the expense of Young, Jr. when he returns, the decision needs to be taken out of his hands by general manager Sandy Alderson.


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  • Not4Nutten

    Good Job and your point is well taken and nobody wants to see Lagares play more than me, he will some day be the starting Center Fielder in The All Star Game, right now Juan has to get better and the team should not rush him, on the other hand what I’ve seen over this homestand Is a Team coming together, with a little Chili Pepper in their blood! And that’s exciting, hopefully they can keep running down the opposition ,
    Let’s Go Mets!!!

  • Ken Meoni

    Remember when the Mets could have gone after this guy?
    Abreu is hitting .262/.330/.631 and leads the majors with 10 homers and
    31 RBI, the latter mark getting a new Major League record for most RBIs
    by a rookie in the month of April. Since the White Sox didn’t outbid
    other Abreu suitors like the Astros, Red Sox and Rockies by much, these
    clubs “may be kicking themselves for not kicking in a few more bucks,”
    Heyman notes.

  • RONBO19

    Danny, spot on brother! Although there have been no errors in center field since Lagare’s has been out, there is no question that a lot more hits are falling in because his replacements who are not bad at all, simply do not get to nearly as many balls as Juan does. This kid is the best Met center fielder I have seen since Tommy Agee with no offense to Carlos Beltran intended.

  • Will DeBoer

    Make EY daily pinch-runner and move Lagares back to center. We get EY’s speed when we need it and Lagares’s glove every night. Everyone wins.