Playing under AL rules with the designated hitter spot for the first two games of the World Series presented Mets manager Terry Collins with a pair of options.
One is that he could have gone with defense, starting Juan Lagares in center field alongside corner outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson while using rookie left fielder Michael Conforto as the DH.
The other is that he could have gone for offense, leaving Lagares on the bench, playing Cespedes in center field flanked by Conforto and Granderson, and using Kelly Johnson or Michael Cuddyer as the DH.
Collins has opted for Johnson, at least in Game 1 against right-handed Edinson Volquez. Johnson has bounced around a ton and isn’t exactly a big bat, but he’s a left-handed hitter with 20-homer power who batted .265 with a .750 OPS in 111 games for the Mets and Braves this season.
Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who’ll likely be on the bench for the three games played in New York, hit .290 with 22 homers and an .847 OPS this year.