So we hear Yoenis Cespedes prefers to play left field for the remainder of the season, partially to protect his recent quad injury, but he'll slide over to center field on Tuesday in order to get Michael Conforto's bat in the lineup. However, the Mets don't plan to make this a regular thing. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that Conforto could see time in center field now that he's back from the minors. Cespedes spent most of the year in center but returned to the lineup as a left fielder on Sunday. He won the AL Gold Glove as a left fielder last season so he has plenty of experience at the position. Left field is certainly the less taxing of the two spots and Cespedes said his quad is only about 80-90 percent right now. If Cespedes becomes a permanent fixture in left field, it will be good news for Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza but bad news for Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson, who have been used exclusively on the corners this year.
If they want to get Conforto’s bat in the lineup they may have to play him in center. If you’ve watched him out in left, you’ll know it’s a bad idea. When the Mets drafted Conforto, the draft report said “Conforto’s not good in the outfield and probably never will be.” He did play a little center in college. Nothing has changed, now they want him in center…ouch. Conforto rejoined the major league squad on Monday, after a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas after a prolonged slump.
The Mets offense has hasn’t done much lately. If it’s not a home run, it’s basically nothing. They very much resemble the Yankees when there are runners on base, they do nothing with men in scoring position.. So putting a weak defensive player out there to hit against righties sounds like a good idea, but is it worth the risk defensively?
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