Mets need to start Juan Lagares in center field every game

By Haddar Kaplun
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) singles in a run in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) singles in a run in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Mets are in the midst of 5-game losing streak. Major moves need to be made, including in the bullpen, the rotation, and the outfielders.

Sandy Alderson has already stated that he will not be moving prospects in return for a more experienced player, such as a reliever. So what can the Mets do to switch things up a little at least? That would be making a permanent change to their outfield. And they can even do that without needing to make a roster move.

All the Mets need to do is put Juan Lagares at center field, at least until the injured Yoenis Cespedes comes back. As of now, Curtis Granderson is the starting center fielder and is playing some of the worst baseball of his career.

Granderson currently has a -0.9 WAR thanks to an awful .148/.214/.273 line. We know he’s been a notoriously slow starter, but we’re entering the third week of May, and it is time that the Mets realize that his age is catching up to him. At 36 years old, they cannot expect Granderson to put up the numbers he has put up in the past.

Granderson’s struggles haven’t been limited to when he just hits the ball. He does not get on base either regularly either with that .214 OBP.

In addition, Granderson’s fielding does not make up for his hitting. In a time when their pitchers are giving up hard hit fly balls, it is not wise for Terry Collins to put one of his slowest outfielders in center field.

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Instead, they need to use  Lagares. The former gold glover is not hitting too well himself. While he is only hitting .214, Lagares is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, and that’s when the Mets need to utilize him.

As stated earlier, when the ball is being hit hard, runs can be saved by inserting Lagares into the outfield, and then perhaps the Mets won’t give up 11 runs in a game.

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