Left Fielder – John Milner
Left field has had its fair share of solid players for the Mets over the years. The best left-handed hitter that played the position though was John Milner. Milner split time between left field and first base while with the Mets, but we are going to slot him in left field. Milner spent the first seven years of his career with the Amazins.
In the seven years with the Mets, Milner hit a combined .245, with a .339 OBP, hit 94 home runs, and drove in 338 runs. Milner’s best year with the Mets came in 1976 when he hit .271, had a solid .362 OBP, hit 15 home runs, drove in 78 runs, while only striking out 53 times in 511 plate appearances.
In addition to these accomplishments, Milner also finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in his first full season in 1972. Milner was quietly a pretty solid player for the Mets during his tenure.
Honorable Mention: Ed Kranepool
Center Fielder – Lenny Dykstra
The Mets have has some great center fielders throughout the years, the best two being switch hitters in Mookie Wilson and Carlos Beltran. The best left-handed hitting center fielder they had, though, was Lenny Dykstra.
Dykstra spent parts of five years with the Mets and the most notable year coming in 1986 when they won the World Series. In just his second season and his first full season, Dykstra put up some solid numbers, he hit .295, with a .377 OBP, stole 31 bases and only struck out 55 times in 498 plate appearances.
In his five seasons with the Mets, he averaged .278, had a .350 OBP, and stole 116 bags. Dykstra was a solid player with the Mets while bringing some nice speed to the lineup.
Right Fielder – Darryl Strawberry
Just like first base, the best left-handed hitting right fielder should be a surprise to nobody, in Darryl Strawberry. The best years of his career came with the Mets. He was there for the first eight years of his career and he made the most of them.
Strawberry’s best year came in 1988 when he finished second in the MVP race. He hit .266, had a .366 OBP, led the league in slugging with a .545 and OPS with a .911. He also led the league in home runs that year with 39 and drove in 101 runs while also stealing 29 bases.
In Strawberry’s eight seasons with the Mets, he hit a combined .263, with a .359 OBP, slugged .520, hit 252 home runs which are number one overall in Mets history, drove in 733 runs, and stole 191 bases. He was also named an All-Star in seven out of the eight years, won two silver slugger awards, finished in the top 10 for MVP voting four times, two of them being in the top three, and he won the Rookie of the Year award. Not to mention he was on the 1986 World Series Championship team.
There are multiple different lineups that can be created with these players, but the following one is what I feel is the best
- Dykstra, CF
- Murphy, 2B
- Hernandez, 1B
- Strawberry, RF
- Ventura, 3B
- Milner, LF
- Sasser, C
- Phillips, SS
- Fernandez, P
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