Projected Opening Day Starters
C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Asdrubal Cabrera
3B: Todd Frazier
SS: Amed Rosario
LF: Yoennis Cespedes
CF: Juan Lagares/Michael Conforto
RF: Jay Bruce
Several potential starters for the Mets are working back from injury, including one of their former top prospects Dominic Smith. Should Smith not recover from a calf injury, former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez will be the opening day starter at 35 years old.
Michael Conforto had a break out season for New York before suffering a left shoulder dislocation and posterior capsule tear. Coming off a career-season setting bests in home runs, batting average, hits, and walks Conforto looks to be a major piece of the Mets going forward. Gold Glover Juan Lagares will fill in for Conforto if he’s not fully healed, giving the Mets a solid stopgap.
Then there’s David Wright looking to come back from another major injury that forced him to miss all of last year and limit him to 75 games since 2015. Todd Frazier is the starter in New York regardless if Wright comes back, but the 35-year-old’s status is something to keep an eye on.
New York will have power in their lineup with Cespedes and Bruce reunited in the outfield after they combined to hit 53 home runs last year. Cespedes has rocked the Phillies since he defected from Cuba and made his debut in 2012 with Oakland. He’s hit 14 home runs in 36 games against Philadelphia, the second most behind Seattle with 18 in nearly half the games.