Terry Collins revealed his batting order to ESPN Sunday, with the first six spots etched in stone.
The skipper also promised that there would not be significant adjustments on a day-to-day basis.
That means, for a large percentage of Mets games, the lineup will kick off with:
There's two more spots up for grabs, but those will change depending on who wins the second base and catcher's roles. Josh Thole is expected to pair with Ronny Paulino behind the dish and the batting order could change depends on who starts. Paulino would make sense in the No. 7 spot against left-handers, for example, given his prowess against them.
The second-base job is less clear, with Luis Castillo, Ruben Tejada, Luis Hernandez, Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy all battling for playing time. Murphy appears the heavy favorite and would likely bat seventh against right-handers with Thole eighth.
-- Evan Brunell