Let’s start with a breakdown by position

The ANCHOR

Starting at first base, the anchor of the infield will be “Polar Bear” Pete Alonso. The former 2019 All-Star and rookie of the year will be coming out of spring training with a hot bat.

Alonso has hit several homers this spring and is also hitting for average, batting .350. Pete will be looking to improve on his less-than-stellar 2020 season.


The Tandem in the Middle

The middle infield will be played regularly by the newly acquired star shortstop “All Smiles” Francisco Lindor and second baseman, “Flying Squirrel” Jeff McNeil. Not only will this duo flash the leather, but they will also swing the bat extremely well.

This pairing may turn out to be the best hitting middle infield in the big leagues. Lindor has displayed some impressive power from the left side this spring, hitting four home runs. At the same time, with his scrappy hitting style, McNeil can spray the ball to all parts of the field. 


The Hot Corner

This year, the man playing the hot corner could be a candidate for breakout player of the year for the Mets in 2021. The starting third baseman will be J.D. Davis. This will be J. D.’s first opportunity to be an everyday player at the major league level. Although he may be a below-average infielder, his bat may have the ability to be explosive this season.

Davis will bat towards the end of the most power-loaded lineup the Mets have had in years. Opposing pitchers may focus on the bigger stars in the lineup this season, allowing JD to see more pitches in his hitting zone this season. 

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JD Davis celebrates his game-winning hits against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field.


The Backstop

The 6’3″ 220lbs 2019 All-Star James McCann will be the man taking over the catching duties behind the plate this season. McCann inked a four-year deal with the Mets during free agency in the off-season. The well-put-together Catcher will provide pop with his bat for the Mets, recording 18 home runs in the last full MLB season (2019). McCann also carries a rocket of an arm with him from the windy city. This will be a major upgrade for the Mets when trying to hold runners on base this season. 


The Outfield

The trio in the outfield will consist of Dominic Smith in left field, Brandon Nimmo in center field, and Michael Conforto in right field. Yes, this group in the outfield will not turn heads with amazing defensive plays. But they will be good enough collectively to get the job done.

At the plate is where this group will shine. Brandon Nimmo will be a tough out at the plate and will be very efficient in getting on base. Smith and Conforto will supply the muscle, both having the potential to hit well over twenty homers in a season. 


The Mound

Finally, on the mound for the New York Mets will be the two-time CY young award winner Jacob deGrom. Jacob is coming off another outstanding season for the New York Mets. Although it was a short season, it was another year of the Mets not giving deGrom the run support needed to stack up more deserved victories.

Hopefully, this year, Jacob will receive the run support needed to win enough games to run away with his 3rd CY Young. 

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Jacob deGrom pitching on a previous Opening Day!


Finally, the batting order…

  1. Brandon Nimmo CF
  2. Francisco Lindor SS
  3. Michael Conforto RF
  4. Pete Alonso 1B
  5. Dominic Smith LF
  6. Jeff McNeil 2B
  7. J.D. Davis 3B
  8. James McCann C
  9. Jacob deGrom P

Most people around baseball think this is the batting order we will see for the New York Mets on Opening Day. I don’t know if this lineup will stay like this for the entire year. I would expect there to be some shuffling as the season goes on.

The way Lindor hit during the spring, I would not be surprised if he ended up batting third in the lineup. This could possibly move McNeil or J.D. into the two-hole in the batting order, shifting everyone else down one spot.


We will see what the future holds when Rojas hands in the lineup card this Thursday night in Washington D.C. as the Mets face the Nationals on Opening Day.

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