Whether a matter of depth or desperation, Mets manager Terry Collins has been able to use multiple starters at all but one position this season -- third base, where David Wright has held the fort in all 24 games. The latest lineup adjustment was necessary in centerfield Saturday night because Collins said Chris Young was ill.
Though he is no stranger to the position, Curtis Granderson -- starting in center for the 1,063rd time in his career 1,209 games -- had been the rightfielder in his first 20 starts as a Met. Granderson became this season's fourth Mets starter in center, the most at any position, after Juan Lagares (13), Young (seven) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (three).
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Wright also is the only Met to start all 24 games in the same batting spot: third.
Lagares plan up in air
Lagares, on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since April 15, is eligible to return Wednesday, but Collins said he did not know if Lagares will be fully healthy by then. He said Lagares has had "several at-bats" (though not in games) with Port St. Lucie. "We're hoping," Collins said, "that by the time we get out to Colorado that Lagares "will have been in [Triple-A Las] Vegas to start to play."
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All-Star ballots are out and include Mets listed at every position -- but not the team's regular leftfielder, Eric Young Jr., who entered Saturday night's game hitting .225 with a team-high 11 stolen bases. Among the Mets outfielders, Eric Young was outhitting Chris Young (.182) and Granderson (.141) and Lagares was hitting a team-high .314.
Crime-fighting on bases
Collins praised his pitchers and catchers for limiting opponents to five stolen bases in 23 games compared with 22 for the Mets. "In the end, though," he said, "we haven't faced a lot of teams that do a lot of running."