Mets fans vote on what would be an ideal starting lineup for 2020
By Tim Boyle
We asked New York Mets fans what their ideal lineup for the 2020 season would look like. These are the results.
The perfect starting lineup for the 2020 New York Mets probably includes Mike Piazza somewhere in the middle, a time-traveling Darryl Strawberry from the 1980s hitting behind him, and a healthy David Wright in his prime over at third base.
Sadly, science and technology won’t allow this. So, we’ll have to make do with what the team actually has available to them on the current roster.
Thankfully, the Mets have some fantastic options. Their positional depth is superb. The biggest questions are about who hits where.
We took to Twitter to find out what Mets fans believed would be the ideal lineup. Each day, we gave a few options for each spot in the order. By the end, we came up with what looks like a pretty good lineup, but one still worthy of debate. These are the results:
- Brandon Nimmo
- Jeff McNeil
- Pete Alonso
- Michael Conforto
- J.D. Davis
- Robinson Cano
- Wilson Ramos
- Amed Rosario
Most of the debate is at the top of the order. Based on the comments from followers, the rest of your ideal lineup for the Mets probably depends on who you want leading off.
Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil are both fine choices for the top spot in the lineup. As some have debated, the challenge with having them back-to-back is that you have two lefties to start the game.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Major league hitters should be able to handle both well enough. I could foresee a typical Mets lineup in 2020 versus southpaws including Nimmo a little lower in the order depending on his performance against them.
In the middle of the order, there isn’t much to argue. Some would have preferred to see Pete Alonso bat second or even fourth. I can get on board with the two-hole. Pushing him down to the fourth spot doesn’t work for me.
And while the Polar Bear at number two could split up Nimmo and McNeil, you would then need to move Michael Conforto down to number five and insert J.D. Davis or Wilson Ramos as the clean-up hitter. Otherwise, you’re just delaying the back-to-back lefties in the lineup.
The biggest surprise I got out of this election was that fans are okay with seeing Robinson Cano bat sixth. It’s actually a lot more logical than I expected. After last year, I thought many were prepared to bat him in the nine-spot.
Of course, we didn’t give fans the option of not playing him at all.
Speaking of not playing at all, we purposefully left Yoenis Cespedes off the choices. Until he can prove he’s capable of playing the field, he’s a write-in candidate of a political party we’re not sure has morals.
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