The Mets open their Spring Training schedule on Friday in Port St. Lucie, and a few regulars will be in the lineup to start the game.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke to reporters on Thursday morning and shared the batting order and fielding positions for the 10 guys that will start the game against the Atlanta Braves. Obviously, we already knew that Zack Wheeler will be taking the ball on the mound on Friday afternoon, but we were waiting to hear about the rest of the lineup.
The order will be as follows:
1. Brandon Nimmo CF
2. Adrian Gonzalez DH
3. Todd Frazier 3B
4. Dominic Smith 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud C
6. Jose Reyes 2B
7. Amed Rosario SS
8. Kevin Kaczmarski RF
9. Matt den Dekker LF
Mets fans in attendance at First Data Field will get their first looks at newcomers Gonzalez and Frazier. Both recently joined the Mets and are looking to be big presences in the lineup come Opening Day. Gonzalez isn’t getting the start at first, and will be just DHing, so Smith will get the early shot at showing how his fielding has improved.
Nimmo will be leading off which is the one spot in the lineup where everyone really likes him, so hopefully he gets his spring started well.
Rosario and Reyes will be up the middle, which shouldn’t be any real indication about the future of the starting lineup. Don’t worry, it’s probably still going to be Asdrubal Cabrera at second base most of the time (I hope).
These first Spring Training games are always interesting to watch because although they don’t count, it’s really fun to see which players feel more confident and comfortable at the plate early on.
More importantly than this lineup and what it can do offensively, in my opinion, is how Wheeler performs as a starter tomorrow. He’ll likely only go one inning, but it would be nice to see some good signs from the struggling fireballer.
Spring Training is finally here, Mets fans. We’ve been freezing and patiently waiting for the season to start, and at least the exhibitions games will be finally. We can finally say it again, let’s go Mets!