Everyday Lineup:

C, Travis d’Arnaud (.271, 12 HRs)
1B, Lucas Duda (.246, 25 HRs)
2B, Daniel Murphy (.285, 13 HRs)
SS, Ruben Tejada (.267, 3 HRs)
3B, David Wright (.307, 5 HRs)
LF, Micheal Conforto (.280, 8 HRs)
CF, Yoenis Cespedes (.293, 35 HRs)
RF, Curtis Granderson (.256, 25 HRs)

The starting eight comes with maybe just one surprise. Ruben Tejada, batting .267 with a .980 fielding percentage, has been getting the majority of the starts at shortstop lately. Expect that to continue into the playoffs.

The Mets defense up the middle is incredibly weak when Wilmer Flores (.965 FPCT) and Daniel Murphy (.935 FPCT) are out there. While the Mets were able to survive through much of the regular season, the playoffs are a different animal. A fielder failing to get to one ball could change a series. Murphy is a much better offensive player, and must be in the starting lineup. That spells doom for Flores. Terry Collins will put the best defense as possible out there. That means Tejada at shortstop.

Michael Conforto, batting .176 against left-handed pitching, could be spelled against a lefty in favor of Michael Cuddyer who is batting .281 against left-handers. But Terry Collins should throw the book away and go with his best players at this point and let Conforto start regardless of the opponent.


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