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Mets: Terry Collins’ lineup structure remains baffling

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Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s as if the Mets manager is picking names out of a hat

The Mets are without a few of their key offensive cogs and have others on the roster who are dealing with injuries and active. But Terry Collins‘ lineup structure remains baffling.

For example, here’s the lineup the Mets’ manager sent out there on Monday night against the Marlins:

There are two things that jump out here…

The first is that Curtis Granderson is hitting fifth. The second is that Travis d’Arnaud is still buried in the eight spot.

Kelly Johnson is hitting cleanup, but that’s more amusing than anything.

Yes, David Wright and Lucas Duda are out for the year. And yes, the Mets are playing without Asdrubal Cabrera. And Jay Bruce was benched on Monday.

But Collins is still mismanaging this.

Granderson is hitting .150/.222/.350 this month with 23 strikeouts in 80 at-bats. For the season, he’s hitting .218/.307/.416.

Bruce has been brutal, necessitating a break for him and playing time for Granderson. But Granderson shouldn’t be hitting nearly as high as fifth.

That Collins remains committed to batting Granderson that high (save for one game) defies logic.

Meanwhile, d’Arnaud continues to hit eighth on a regular basis while Granderson (fifth) and James Loney (seventh Monday but usually higher) have done next to nothing lately.

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D’Arnaud, whose shoulder may still be bothering him, hasn’t done much in terms of power this season. But he came into Monday 13 for his last 34 and has been solid in August, hitting .281 with a .324 OBP.

Perhaps d’Arnaud won’t improve power-wise if he’s moved up in the lineup, but it would certainly behoove the Mets to try — especially with Granderson and Loney struggling as much as they have lately.

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