For the Mets' second game of the season, Mickey Callaway opted to start Juan Lagares over Brandon Nimmo while Amed Rosario is batting behind the pitcher again.
Nimmo reached base four times on Opening Day, going 2-3 with a walk and HBP, scoring two runs. Callaway, at his pregame news conference ahead of the game against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, explained what went into his lineup decisions.
"We thought it was a decent matchup for Lagares with their starting pitcher," Callaway said. "More importantly, I have faith in the roster. I want guys to play. I have faith in Juan to go out there and get the job done. Another reason... DeGrom is a good fly ball pitcher. Not that Brandon [Nimmo] can't get the job done, but it's a good day for Juan."
The manager also said that the players were already aware of the game two lineup before game one, an approach he prefers.
"[The lineup] was made up before," Callaway said. "I don't think I will react to the day before. Guys were already aware before the first game of when they were playing. It's probably the way to approach it in my mind."
For the second consecutive game, Callaway will hit the pitcher eighth in the lineup with Rosario ninth. Callaway was asked what goes into that decision.
"Variables," Callaway said. "It will be determined to hit the pitcher 8th based on the lineup. ... We are trying to make sense of lineup each night and have production."