I have to say that NJMetfan4life is right due to although Cone was a better pitcher than Leiter he wasn't drastically a better pitcher.
Originally Posted by NJMetfan4life
And I have to say that Carter was drastically better than LoDuca at catcher so he is right about that.
Since we did this Mets ABC roster without the benefit of being able to look things up since we were on a plane I am proud to say picking the Cone-LoDuca combination
over the Leiter-Carter combination may be our only flaw but other than that I feel you can't pick the team any better.
Having said that if you put a gun to my head and said I had to make one other change besides picking the Leiter-Carter combination over the Cone-LoDuca combination.
I would have to say that although this would upgrade our offense but weaken our starting defense I would have to say that for the letter V my pick would be Robin
Ventura over Ellis Valentine and start Del Unser in right field and have Robin Ventura be the backup third baseman to David Wright.
If we did that I would have the starting lineup against right handed pitchers to be the following:
Reyes ss Alfonzo 2b Hernandez 1b Piazza c Beltran cf Wright 3b Unser rf Jones lf then the pitcher.
If we did that against a right handed pitcher our batters would literally be batting in order left,right,left,right,left,right,left,right,then the pitcher.
Although I also have to admit that the starting lineup against left handed pitchers would be weaker with the left handed hitting Unser playing over the right handed
hitting Valentine.And as I said the defense would be weaker as well but if you are committed to starting Unser over Valentine the starting lineup against left handed
pitchers would be the following:
Reyes ss Alfonzo 2b Hernandez 1b Piazza c Beltran cf Wright 3b Jones lf Unser rf then the pitcher.
Plus,another advantage would be on the bench you would have Lenny Dykstra and Robin Ventura as left handed hitters instead of Lenny Dykstra and Del Unser as
left handed hitters.Plus,you would have better defense with Robin Ventura backing up third base instead of Todd Zeile who would still be on the team as a Z and would
also backup at first base as well.But then again with David Wright starting at third base this could be a moot point because barring injury Ventura would never get into
the game at third base and may only see playing time as a left handed pinch hitter.And if you prefer defense over offense against right handed pitchers then forget this
change altogether and just chalk it up as just a thought and open to discussion.
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