1 lineup change the Mets should make after the All-Star break

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Going into the All-Star Break the New York Mets collectively have a lot of self-reflecting to do on what could be considered the most disappointing first half in team history. The organization will have to figure out the short-term and long-term goals for this team over the coming days as they approach the second half of the season virtually eliminated from the NL East race and quite a bit of distance out of the NL Wild Card.

There are some micro changes the Mets can make for starters when they reopen play on Friday, and I believe one of those moves is moving star catcher Francisco Alvarez up in the starting lineup. Alvarez for the most part has hit either 8th or 9th for the vast majority of the time he has been up in the majors.

The Mets should consider bumping up Francisco Alvarez in the starting lineup to increase offensive productivity

While Alvarez's best numbers have come out of the 8-hole for the Mets this season, as he has thrived with a .317/.333/.610 slash line over 42 plate appearances, due to his overall production he deserves to move up in a Mets lineup that is very hot and cold on most nights. Due to his offensive production, Alvarez could be considered one of the favorites for NL Rookie of the Year alongside Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Caroll.

Seeing Alvarez hitting in the fifth spot or even as high as second in the lineup, where he has already hit 4 home runs this season, would give the Mets a bit more punch at the top of the lineup. Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor have done an admirable job at the top of the lineup for the Mets, and I believe adding Alvarez's power potential, as well as giving one of your best hitters more at-bats, will help the Mets offensively in the second half of the season.