Player to Watch
Terry Collins made the decision in Cleveland to change things up, moving Conforto up to the 3-hole against right-handed pitching. He is after all the 3-hitter of the future for the Mets.
Collins said this to the NY Post:
“We thought he was swinging the bat good and we think he was getting on base, so we thought it was time to put him there and see if he can springboard the offense.”
Conforto made Terry look like a genius among men, rewarding his manager by hitting .417 (5-for-12) with three doubles, one homer, and three RBI during the interleague series.
Every time the 23-year-old kid steps to the plate he appears to work a count exactly as he had planned. 2-0, 2-1, 3-1…no matter what the situationm Conforto is in a hitter’s count, moving pressure from himself to the pitcher
That’s why he’s been noted by teammates and coaches for having the best plate-approach of anyone on a talented New York roster.
So, Conforto will remain the No. 3 hitter against righty pitchers, according to manager Terry Collins.
With three righties due up for the Phillies on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, this series provides the perfect opportunity for Conforto to continue his seemingly imminent rise to superstardom.