Offense Appears to be Set
It looks like Andres Torres, Jason Bay, and Scott Hairston will be healthy for opening day (In fact, Hairston started in center field today against the Nationals). In addition, Adam Loewen was reportedly reassigned to minor league camp. With those nuggets of news, the Mets lineup and bench appear to be set, barring any injuries (*snicker*) between now and April 5th.
So, the lineup looks like this:
CF Torres, 2B Murphy, 3B Wright, 1B Davis, RF Duda, LF Bay, C Thole, SS Tejada.
The bench will consist of:
IF Turner, IF Cedeno, OF Baxter, OF Hairston, C Nickeas.
Not exactly the ’27 Yankees, especially as far as the bench is concerned. The lineup has the potential to score some runs if the middle of the order produces the way many believe it can. But if the ol’ injury bug rears its ugly head again, there’s not much backup support, at least on paper.
But, to coin a phrase, that’s why they play the games.