Fansided
Rising Apple
New York Mets News

Mets 2020 Lineup: Who gets the most starts in the leadoff spot?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets connects on a third inning three run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on July 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 26: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets connects on a third inning three run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on July 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
facebooktwitterreddit
1 of 3
Mets
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 8-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The New York Mets won’t have to submit their first starting lineup of the season for a few more months. When they do, who will bat leadoff?

The New York Mets starting lineup in 2020 may not include too many new faces. They have the position players to fill in at every spot, so I’m not confident we’ll see them add much more than a bench piece or two to the roster.

As early as it is to talk 2020 Opening Day lineup, one thing I can confidently say is the team already has its leadoff hitter on the roster. My problem (aside from sciatica, social anxiety, trouble understanding Southern accents, etc.) is I’m not sure who among these men gets the first hacks next year.

The Mets three main options for the first lineup card of the year. Long before they put ink to paper, let’s take a look at who these three men are.

Jeff McNeil

In 2019, Jeff McNeil started 92 games at the leadoff hitter. It doesn’t take a math whiz to realize this makes him the leader in this category.

The Flying Squirrel excelled batting first. In 425 trips to the plate, he slashed .320/.386/.521. In his first at-bat of the game as a leadoff hitter, he hit .322/.358/.529 and knocked three home runs.

There isn’t anything in the world McNeil is incapable of. He played four different positions last year and spread them out quite evenly. The change didn’t affect him much at all either as he hit over .300 regardless of where he played. So much for any preseason concern about McNeil’s position shuffling hurting his offense.

What makes McNeil such a dangerous leadoff hitter is his ability to make contact. In 567 plate appearances last year, McNeil struck out only 75 times. He ended the year hitting .318/.384/.531 with 38 doubles, 23 home runs, and 75 RBI.

McNeil isn’t the stolen base threat some may prefer at the number one spot. Because of how much power he was able to display, I would almost like to see him hit third.

There isn’t a spot in the lineup McNeil would struggle. As a pure hitter who can do a little of everything, the only mistake would be not putting him in the lineup at all.

facebooktwitterreddit