February 25, 2021

Mets’ flexible lineup provides managing test for Luis Rojas (New York Post)


PORT ST. LUCIE — In a lineup of interchangeable parts, manager Luis Rojas can probably pull names from a hat and construct a respectable batting order for the Mets.

Rojas will go the more conventional route and use analytics, front office recommendations, scouting reports and his own observations to formulate a batting order. The rookie manager still has almost a month to figure out a plan, with the season opener against the Nationals scheduled for March 26, but it’s never too early to examine possibilities.

The top three spots in the order are always the most intriguing, and the Mets have multiple options.

Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario are the three most obvious choices to bat leadoff. According to a prime candidate for the No. 2 hole, Pete Alonso, the Mets have three strong possibilities to hit ahead of him.

“Batting second was really cool because whether it was Rosie or Jeff, those guys were always on base, and for me, I always love when guys are on base,” Alonso said Thursday. “And Nimmo is an on-base machine, so if he’s not getting a hit, he’s working the count, seeing a ton of pitches, making the pitcher work, getting on anyway he can.

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