2 parts to love about the Mets starting lineup, 1 part to dread
By Tim Boyle
We dread the bottom third of the NY Mets starting lineup
It hasn’t been a crisp beginning for the bottom part of the lineup. Hopefully, if Francisco Alvarez starts regularly and hits low in the order, he can provide some spark.
The dread comes from seeing Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, and Tomas Nido all in a row. Omar Narvaez was hitting well before landing on the IL. We should remain optimistic that Alvarez picks up where he left off even if starts aren’t as frequent as we’d like to see.
Even if the team starts to get contributions from Canha, Escobar, and even Nido, we know their success may be short-lived.
Having three near-automatic outs in the bottom part of the order has been a nuisance for this ball club. It hasn’t killed too many rallies, but it has wasted some opportunities with runners already on base. If there’s any consolation prize to take away from this, at least it means Nimmo or Marte get to lead off when the bottom part of the order goes down quickly.
The trouble the Mets could face is finding a way to get more out of these final three. Moving someone down in the order isn’t a solution because of what it does in other places. The Mets will simply need to mix in a guy like Luis Guillorme every so often or even try out Tommy Pham against righties.