When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.
Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.
He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.
Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup.
"When we put him in the middle of the order last year, that is when he really got going, so that is something we might not want to change," Collins said, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.
Granderson said he prefers the No. 2 spot in the lineup, adding that it's been the best spot for him during his entire career.
Walker, who hit 23 home runs last season, said his mindset would change if he was asked to hit leadoff.
"You are trying to create havoc on the base paths, so that is kind of where it's at," he said. "Your job goes from doing damage to doing whatever you can to get on base."