7) NY Mets dream starting lineup past the trade deadline: Jeff McNeil, 2B
Jeff McNeil is fully capable of hitting higher in the order but with the way things have shaped up in this fantasy, he slot in at the seventh spot. He’ll bounce around regularly depending on how things are going. However, with the addition of Abreu and Contreras, he probably won’t hit fifth anymore.
8) NY Mets dream starting lineup past the trade deadline: Mark Vientos, 3B
In this dream, everything goes as well as it can for Mark Vientos. He is this year’s Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz all wrapped up into one third baseman. He plays a steady defense at the position, too. He mashes. He bashes. Eduardo Escobar moves to the bench and the transition to one of the kids at the hot corner is officially underway.
9) NY Mets dream starting lineup past the trade deadline: Mark Canha, LF
Someone has to bat last and in this lineup it’s Mark Canha. It’s nothing personal. In fact, he’s at the bottom because of his ability to turn the lineup over and reach base. Think of him as a second leadoff option for the team. Because he hasn’t hit for much power this year, it’s not such a bad place to put him. Taking advantage of the home runs Vientos can fall into, he hits one spot higher with Canha’s larger purpose in place to get on base rather than drive in those already there.