The Mets have a new leadoff hitter on Thursday night, as shortstop Ronny Cedeno was penciled into the top of the lineup card by manager Terry Collins.
The 29-year-old Cedeno, who's playing in place of the injured Ruben Tejada, is batting .278 this season, with a .391 on-base percentage, in his first season with the team. Those numbers are significantly higher than his career averages of .246 and .289, respectively.
"Cedeno’s done nothing except buy in [to] exactly what we want him to do," Collins said. "He walks, his on-base [percentage is] almost .400. He’s swinging the bat very good right now.
"We’ve been looking for someone to get in that leadoff spot to get on base so that when [our] 3, 4 and 5 [hitters] come up, there’s some people up there they can drive in."
Dropping to seventh in the batting order is center fielder Andres Torres, who is batting just .187 on the season, and is just 1-for-33 in his last 11 games.
"Andres has been struggling, so I thought, 'Well, I’ll hit him down where I hit him when he first came back to the lineup, which really got him going," said Collins.
Torres missed almost all of April with a calf injury, before returning on April 30.