To the surprise of pretty much every Met fan, Lucas Duda has made it back on the field. These last couple weeks of the regular season should serve as almost a rehab assignment for Duda, as the minor league season is over.
If Duda can get it together, expect to see him as the starting first baseman in October. James Loney most likely will be left home, in this case, since the Mets really don’t need another left-handed bat. Furthermore, he is limited to only one position defensively.
At shortstop and third base, the Mets starters are pretty clear. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes have had outstanding seasons for the Mets, and will look to continue their campaigns into October.
At second, the Mets will most likely use a platoon of T.J. Rivera and Kelly Johnson. Johnson has been excellent all year for the Mets, hitting .267 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs since coming over from Atlanta.
T.J. Rivera has been amazing for the Mets as well. Since his call up, Rivera is hitting .338 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and a .848 OPS. If Rivera can continue to translate his PCL success to the majors, he could be looking at a lot more playing time in October, and even the second base job next season.
Right now it looks like Rivera would play against the lefties and Johnson against the righties, but how they play the rest of the year could definitely change that.
It also depends on whether Wilmer Flores comes back from his injury. Should he return, Wilmer will most likely take at-bats from the second base mix and bump Reynolds from the roster.
In the Wild Card game, the Mets may choose to carry an extra infielder, anyway, as they don’t need to carry all of their starters.