I think Wright will be batting 6th before June. Maybe Willie's thinking is that he'd rather set a goal for Wright; meaning it's easier to move him up in the order than down. Either way I think Wright will force his hand fairly quickly unless the entire Mets line-up really overachieves.
I think there's some merit to batting Beltran higher in the order than 3 but it's not going to happen.
I'd be surprised (barring injury) if this isn't the line-up by June:
I'm sorry, but I just have to comment on an earlier post. The best young hitter in baseball? He's not even the best young hitter at his position, let alone in baseball. Allow me to introduce you to Hank Blalock, Miguel Cabrerra, Adrian Beltre, Mark Teixeria, just for a few. He is not a leadoff guy, and you're not paying Beltran all that money to be a leadoff hitter. He is your three hole. He ain't a two guy, and as long as Piazza is on the team, he is not cleanup. I'd hit him seven, but with the carrying on here and the over reacting to how good Wright actually is is a little over the top, don't ya think?
CBV wrote:this isnt good news for me. i have 4 mets in my starting lineup the funny thing is i didnt really notice it until after the draft and trades i made. i have piazza catching, kaz at second, reyes at short and wright at 3rd. almost my whole infield are mets lol. i also have 3 rangers too, tex, hidalgo and mench...if these two teams have an offday on the same day, i will only have like 3 ppl to play
Well, once Reyes, Floyd and Piazza (and maybe Matsui) get hurt in the late April/early May timeframe, Wright will probably find himself moving up in the batting order. I'm with Brendo, though, and think he should be batting second.
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I'm not a big Cliff Floyd fan, so I'd love to see Wright hitting in Floyd's spot. Like everyone else has already noted, it probably won't be long before half the Mets are on their annual DL vacation, so Wright should be 'movin on up' (like the JEffersons!)