After being held out of the first week of games by the Mets in an effort to prevent any early spring injuries, both David Wright and Daniel Murphy are set to make their Grapefruit League debuts Friday afternoon against the Cardinals at Tradition Field.
Jun 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) and New York Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy (28) celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a game at Citi FIeld. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Wright is in the lineup at third base hitting third, and Murphy is at second base and will hit second.
Surrounding Wright and Murphy in the lineup is (save for the DH and Josh Satin) what may very well be their opening day lineup – the first time this spring the Mets have trotted out what closely resembles what the fans might see at Citi Field on March 31st.
Mets manager Terry Collins has been deliberate in his handling of Wright and Murphy so far this spring, but neither appear to mind.
Wright noted yesterday that he doesn’t need much game action in order to prepare for the season, and Murphy (like Wright) has been getting his work in during practice at second base and in the batting cage.
Although the games don’t count and individual results are close to meaningless, it’s nice to look at a lineup that bears a resemblance to what we’ll see come the regular season.
In an ideal world, though, it would behoove the Mets to switch out Eric Young, Jr. for Juan Lagares (with a new leadoff hitter chosen and Chris Young moved to left field). Additionally, an external acquisition – perhaps Nick Franklin or Stephen Drew – playing shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada would give another boost to the lineup.