Terry Collins considering Michael Conforto for a start against a lefty on Monday
Since Michael Conforto made his big league debut in late July, Terry Collins has been adamant about limiting the rookie’s exposure against left-handed pitching, even executing that plan in game one of the Division Series on Friday night.
But Collins is now considering deviating that plan.
On Monday afternoon at Citi Field, Collins said the club is considering starting Conforto against Brett Anderson, the Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher, on Monday night.
With the need for improved defense after losing Ruben Tejada for the year, starting Conforto on Monday would be sensible, as he has certainly shown to be a superior outfielder to Michael Cuddyer in the early stages of his career.
As for facing left-handers, Conforto has shown a proficiency in his brief minor league career against left-handed pitchers. The problem, of course, is he’s hardly faced southpaws at all since joining the Mets in late July, having gone just 3-for-14 with three walks against lefties in those 2 1/2 months.
But, Conforto recorded nine defensive runs saved (DRS) and an ultimate zone rating (UZR) of 7.5 in the outfield at the big league level, according to FanGraphs, which was well above the league average.
Though the Mets may simply need to run the risk of dealing with some rust against left-handed hitters if it means their defense is shored up.