The fact that the Mets have struggled against left handers should lead to more left handed bats being run out there. Collins has done that a lot with Lucas Duda and Ike Davis and did that early on with Murphy. But, it seems like every time a left hander is on the mound, he unloads his right handed bench, thinking it going to work. IT NEVER DOES! Josh Thole, though its agreeable that he has not had a good offensive season, is hitting .255 against LHP, while Mike Nickeas has hit .200. Yet Nickeas is run out there just about everytime a left hander is pitching.
It is fair to say Valdespin does not have a position, but it doesn't mean he gives the team less of a chance against a LHP. I'm wondering when there will be a finalization that the lineup against lefthanders does not work. To say a lineup with Murphy, Thole and Valdespin could at least do the same as a lineup with Nickeas, Cedeno and either Bay or Torres would be an understatement. But, as time goes on, it is a wonder whether that will ever happen.
Collins has preached it doesn't matter what the name says on the back of the jersey, but maybe it only applies to whether it's a star calibur player or not. Right handed hitting players play against LHP regardless of how much they give the team a chance to win, apparently. As this team is hitting a potentially fatal stretch of the season, it would be nice to see a lineup consist of the team's best hitters, not the overthinking involved in right-left matchups. If it's all about the numbers, the numbers show its not working. It's time to change this matchup obsession before its too late. But, it may not matter a week from now.