The New York Mets won’t make our dream lineup a reality. The odds of that were never possible. We’ll have to settle for something else.
With some lowered expectations, what will the Mets Opening Day lineup look like?
Predicting the Mets 2024 Opening Day lineup
Here’s a reasonable lineup to expect:
Brandon Nimmo, CF
Starling Marte RF
Francisco Lindor SS
Pete Alonso 1B
Justin Turner DH
Jeff McNeil 2B
Adam Duvall LF
Brett Baty 3B
Francisco Alvarez C
The Mets don’t look poised to subtract from the roster so we can fill in many of the holes quite easily. The exact order isn’t all that impossible to figure out either. Brandon Nimmo at the top followed by the speedy Starling Marte from the right side is a logical next step. Jeff McNeil does remain buried in the number six hole partly to break up any one batter’s box from getting stepped on for too long.
Francisco Lindor followed by Pete Alonso is another logical step. Then the fun begins. We have a solution at the DH spot. It’s Justin Turner.
Turner has been an option for the Mets to fill the DH vacancy. More so, with Ronny Mauricio out, it’s what the Mets need to make happen. Likely to sign only a one or two-year deal, he’s a solid addition to make. Start him at DH 5 out of every 7 games. Fill in the other two games at third base and first base. Give Alonso a day of rest each week. We cannot afford to lose him.
The lineup finishes off with Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez, again formatted in a way to eliminate two lefties hitting in a row. Before them, we have a left field solution. It’s Adam Duvall.
Duvall is not the most spectacular outfielder available. Like his ex-Boston Red Sox teammate Turner, a shorter and affordable contract makes sense for him to sign. The two can reunite on a Mets club looking for two answers in their lineup with some questions about whether or not Marte can return to form and if Baty is a true major leaguer. Duvall is a fit because of his history of hitting for power and ability to play all three outfield positions. He can even do them well.
Is this an acceptable Opening Day lineup for the Mets? We’ve seen worse.
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