Lagares will start in center field and bat eighth Thursday against the Phillies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. He'll enter the lineup for the first time in four games while Jeff McNeil shifts to second base as Robinson Cano gets the day off. The Mets have been rolling with a defensively challenged outfield of McNeil, Dominic Smith and MIchael Conforto against right-handed pitching lately, but any upgrade Lagares might provide with the glove probably isn't enough to justify giving him regular run. Now seven games under .500 entering Thursday, the Mets are probably better off giving everyday at-bats to core pieces like Smith and McNeil in spite of their defensive limitations.
Lagares will start in center field and bat seventh Thursday against the Giants, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. Lagares will check into the lineup for the first time in five games with primary center fielder Carlos Gomez receiving a breather for the day game. Given that Gomez is hitting just .182 while striking out in 32.3 percent of his plate appearances since being called up to the Mets on May 17, it's possible that Lagares soon finds himself in the lineup on a more consistent basis.
Lagares was added to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Washington. Lagares had been scheduled for a day off but will remain in the lineup due to Brandon Nimmo's stiff neck. He'll bat eighth and play center field.
Lagares is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals. Lagares had started four games in a row, though it's hard to say he deserves a regular role given his .207/.286/.305 season slash line. Brandon Nimmo gets the call in center field.
Lagares will start in center field and bat seventh Sunday against the Marlins. Lagares will stick in the starting nine for the fourth time in five games, with the absence of Michael Conforto (concussion) aiding his entry into the lineup. With a .221 average, two home runs and two steals across 86 plate appearances this season, Lagares shouldn't be expected to provide many useful fantasy numbers while he sees steady action.
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