Opening Day Lineup: 2010 vs. 2011
MetsToday reader “NormE” had this to say in the comments section:
Joe, if your looking for perspective, how about comparing 2010?s opening day roster with this year’s roster? There’s been quite a bit of housecleaning and, in the field, position- by-position the Mets look better off (except left field). The bullpen, on paper looks sounder. Starting pitching is a big
I won’t do the entire roster, but let’s look at the Opening Day lineup of one year ago vs. today:
Wow. I mean, I know the team was much different a year ago, but, wow — David Wright is the only repeat in the lineup.
When the 2010 lineup was announced, I immediately assumed it was a belated April Fools Day joke. Additionally, there was no place in the universe that would have accepted Mike Jacobs as a cleanup hitter except for on Planet Manuel; still, I had further evidence proving it was a bad idea. Let’s not even get into the inanity of placing Alex Cora in the leadoff spot, or Gary Matthews Jr. in place of Angel Pagan.
This year, on paper, the lineup looks much improved in many ways, thankfully. Yes, it would be great to have Santana in the 9-hole, but Big Pelf is up to the task. And the lineup would look a lot deeper (as well as Harrisless) if not for the last-minute injury to Jason Bay, but what can you do?
What do you think? Does this year’s Opening Day lineup look better than last year’s? Share your thoughts in the comments.