There's a very strong chance Jeff McNeil finds his name at the top of the batting lineup come Opening Day, and if he does, it's probably a decent bet that he'll be swinging first pitch.
In 2019, McNeil established himself as a player who loves to be aggressive early in the count, taking advantage of pitchers trying to sneak across easy, early strikes.
On Wednesday, McNeil caught up with SNY's Steve Gelbs to talk about his aggressive approach at the plate.
"Obviously to lead off the game, they've got to throw strikes, but pitchers are always trying to get ahead and I'm always ready to hit, so if it's something I like in the strike zone, I'm going to be aggressive," said McNeil.
"If they're trying to get me to chase first pitch, I'm hitting 1-0, so I know I'm going to get a lot more hitter's counts. I like being aggressive and the pitchers know that."
McNeil also bounced all around the field defensively for the Mets last season, playing the corner outfield, second base, and some third base as well.
But heading into 2020, McNeil is likely to be the Mets' everyday third baseman, and while he's excited about knowing his spot, he still knows he can help out where the team needs him.
"They told me I'm going to play a lot of third base, but I really enjoy kind of the role I had last year, playing everywhere," said McNeil "So, I'll play a lot of third base this year, but if the team needs me, I'm ready to move around and play some second and play some left again. Whatever the team needs."