Mets Opening Day Lineup and Rotation Prediction

It’s prediction season! With only two days until Opening Day, I have many predictions that I want to release here on the site. This is the first one of many that I plan on having here over the next few days.

Opening Day Lineup Prediction

  1. Brandon Nimmo
  2. Francisco Lindor
  3. Pete Alonso
  4. Michael Conforto
  5. Dom Smith
  6. James McCann
  7. Jeff McNeil
  8. JD Davis
  9. Jacob deGrom

I know many people think having James McCann in the six spot over McNeil and Davis is crazy, but hear me out. If I did 4, 5, and 6 as Conforto, Smith, and McNeil, the Mets would have three lefties in the order in a row. Not to mention that they come in the second third of the order perfectly. With today’s three-batter minimum, it is handing the opponent a free lefty-lefty matchup for an entire inning.

I believe that James McCann has proven himself over the Spring to be a good bat in the lineup. Add that with McNeil and Davis having somewhat disappointing Springs, he would slot in perfectly in the six spot.

Starting Five

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Taijuan Walker
  4. David Peterson
  5. Joey Lucchesi

The starting rotation is probably the easier one to predict. However, the only thing that can throw someone for a loop is the back-to-back lefties. That most likely would end up being a good thing, but it may also be good to ensure that there is a lefty in every single series. The only way to do that is by throwing Peterson third. It really depends on what Luis Rojas prefers to do, and he has not really said publicly his feelings on that.

Photo Credit Tim Britton The Athletic

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