New York Mets News

Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell to platoon in left field

By Danny Abriano

Eric Campbell and recently called up Matt den Dekker will platoon in left field, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Saturday.

June 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder

Matt den Dekker

(6) is congratulated by third baseman

David Wright

(5) for scoring on a wild pitch by San Francisco Giants relief pitcher

George Kontos

(70, not pictured) during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With Chris Young designated for assignment, a Campbell/den Dekker platoon means that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will serve primarily as a bat off the bench.

Campbell doesn’t have much experience in the outfield, so having him out there may be a bit of an adventure.

Den Dekker, who struggled in his first stint with the Mets this season, revamped his swing after being sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas and was hitting exceptionally well before his promotion.

Overall, den Dekker was hitting .334/.407/.540 with eight home runs, 46 RBI, and 70 runs scored in 2014 for Las Vegas.


The Mets want to give den Dekker and his new swing a long look, which is why he’ll be the one playing against right-handers – not fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

With den Dekker’s glove in left field, the Mets will also now have two premiere defenders (Juan Lagares is the other) in the outfield on most occasions.

As far as Campbell, with Lucas Duda now expected to play against most left-handers, Campbell will rarely get time at first base, meaning the outfield is the only spot for him if he’s going to get regular at-bats.