Got a post asking if Lastings Milledge shouldn’t get more playing time. I can’t see where he’s being snubbed. As of this morning, Milledge has 20 at-bats (he’s hitting .300), Ben Johnson has 22 (batting .409) and David Newhan has 23 (batting .304).
They are competing for a bench role.
Given that, I’ll stand by what I wrote at the start of camp that I don’t believe Milledge will make the team. It’s nothing will do or not do, but that the Mets don’t want him to waste away on the bench.
If the Mets break camp with six relievers, both Johnson and Newhan can stick. The toss-up is if they carry seven.
Johnson can play anywhere in the outfield and has more power. Newhan can play the outfield and infield, and bats left.
Where the Mets’ roster gets bogged down is carrying Julio Franco, a pinch-hitter and back-up first baseman. If they decided to cut Franco, they could carry both Johnson and Newhan and make Shawn Green the back-up at first.