Baseball“Thor” batting 8th? Here is the interesting 2018 Opening Day lineup for the Mets New year, new manager, new lineup. Can this shakeup start the season off right for the Mets? by Daniel Yanofsky March 29, 2018 A new chapter for the Mets begins as Opening Day has arrived. Manager Mickey Callaway is pulling out all the stops to show this team operates differently than the past regime. One method he is pulling is the metric side of baseball, something Terry Collins did not embrace as much during his tenure with the team.Here is a look at the 2018 Opening Day lineup for the Mets. It may just be something that’s not a one-time thing.Brandon Nimmo, CFYoenis Cespedes, LFJay Bruce, RFAsdrubal Cabrera, 2BTodd Frazier, 3BAdrian Gonzalez, 1BKevin Plawecki, CNoah Syndergaard, PAmed Rosario, SSThere are a few things you can immediately notice when looking at this roster. For one thing, Noah Syndergaard is hitting eighth, while Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo, the teams fastest hitters, are both at the bottom and top of the lineup. Speaking to the media, Callaway discussed the move as a way to help the young Rosario.“It takes a little pressure off Rosario. Hitting in front of the pitcher can be a hard thing sometimes because guys will pitch around you, bury breaking balls, things like that. Those are just a couple of the reasons why. But we feel it makes a lot of sense.”As stated above, Mickey’s tinkering with the lineup may end up being something that sticks. All eyes will be on the this Joe Maddon-like move to see how effective it could be.Don’t forget, a pitcher like Syndergaard can hit, making his bat needed anywhere in the lineup.Batting Yoenis Cespedes second and Jay Bruce third helps cement a clear batting order, especially with a position player batting ninth. More opportunities for RBIs could be around the corner. Past history has shown that the power bat in the early part of the lineup can produce. Think Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge last season. A healthy Cespedes could hit anywhere and technically could hit third during a given inning. And if he just hits a bloop single? The opponent will have to worry about Bruce.Another potentially permanent move is having Kevin Plawecki as Syndergaard’s catcher. After an impressive outing in Spring Training, Plawecki is looking to take the catchers job as his own. Will he produce more based on where he is in the lineup? Callaway will have to give Travis d’Arnaud a shot as well to test that theory.Today’s game against the Cardinals starts at 1:10 p.m. ET. “Thor” and the cavalry are ready, will you be? Post Views: 1,645The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsDaniel YanofskyBaseball Editor, Misc. Sports Editor. Covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a podcast, The Main Event.Latest posts by Daniel Yanofsky (see all) Mets hire Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran as manager - January 23, 2020 An Outsider’s 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot - January 21, 2020 A Wild Yo Sighting: Yoenis Cespedes participates in running, fielding and hitting drills - January 21, 2020 Following Conor McGregor’s win at UFC 246, is “The King” truly back? - January 20, 2020 Related TopicsAmed RosarioBaseballBrandon NimmoJay BruceKevin PlaweckiMickey CallawayMLBMLB Opening DayNew York MetsNoah SyndergaardTravis d'ArnaudYoenis Cespedes 1 Comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 A Look at Paternity Leave in MLB as Trout Becomes a Dad by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on August 5, 2020 A Conversation with Nancy Newman: “We Are All a Yankee Family” by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on July 27, 2020More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Major League RHP Ryan Kelly Phillip Evans: “The Next Big Thing” for the Mets?