For most of the season, Curtis Granderson had been the go to guy when it comes to leading off a game, but is that where he belongs? Yes, he hit .260 in that spot, better than he had in any other spot, but his production is being affected by it. He hit 26 Home Runs when batting lead off with most of them being solo shots which is why you need him batting a bit lower in the order in order to convert some of those solo shot into 2 runs or more. But who would hit first if Curtis moved down? The answer is David Wright.
Let's be honest with ourselves, Wright isn't the power hitter he was before, he only averaged one Home Run every 35 Plate Appearances. This is a much better ratio than he had last season, but it's his third worst season ever in terms of Plate Appearances per Home Run. It's not just bombs that have been affected, he had gone from averaging one extra base hit per 12 PA in 2011 to one in every 15 last season and this season.
He will still be productive, but he is at the point in his career where he is better in other aspects than he is at power, and one aspect is hitting and getting on base, which is what a good lead off hitter is all about. Wright is still hitting very well, belting a .289 BA last season and thanks to a multitude of walks, he had the highest OBP on the team and had he played the full season, he would have had one of the 10 best OBP numbers in all of baseball. That's the kind of guy you want in the lead off spot, someone who gets on a lot but doesn't offer too much power and Wright would be perfect for this spot because he could easily keep up a .280-.300 Average alongside 60 or so walks.
Let's not forget that Wright happens to play better the higher up in the order he is. When Wright bats fourth, he hit .276, while he hit .297 batting second, which is where he was most of the season.
After last night's game, at least for a while it looked as thouh there was a possibility of the Mets playing in the playoffs without star Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after he had been hit by a pitch in the hand. However, after having the hand checked, it appears that Cespedes has avoided anything too serious. He's not fully okay, and may need a few days off during the series against the Nationals but looks like he will be in the lineup once the NLDS begins on October 9th.
It's that time of month again when we look back at the stars of the previous month and crown them the best of the best, and for two newcomers, MARCUS MARIOTA, and RONALD DARBY, that's exaclty what they are as they won the September Rookie of the Month Awards.
MARIOTA, the Titans Quarterback led all rookie Quarterbacks with 833 Passing Yards, 8 Touchdown Passes, and a 109.2 Passing Rating. His 8 Touchdowns are tied for the most touchdowns during the first three games of a career in history. He passed for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in each of the three games that ha had played in this month.
DARBY, the Bills Cornerback is tied for the NFL lead with 2 Interceptions and also has 15 Tackles.
Others considered for the award include Amari Cooper, David Johnson, Vic Beasley, and Jordan Hicks.