The Judge’s Chambers in Queens
As a hitter, Judge is similar to Alonso. Both are super-power hitters who bat for a similar average, and both play just one position. For the New York Mets, Judge would probably bat around second or third in the order just like Alonso does now. The lineup would not change that much with the only difference being that Judge would replace Alonso and left-handed batting Dominic Smith would replace righty J.D. Davis.
Brando Nimmo and Jeff McNeil would be somewhere at the top of the order with Judge, Michael Conforto, and Robinson Cano in the middle. Smith, Amed Rosario, and Wilson Ramos round out the Mets starting eight. The lineup still looks solid. I would be better defensively with Judge’s glove in right, as well as Smith, being an improvement at first.
A little older and more MLB-savvy at this point, Judge’s leadership is outstanding. He has not only survived but thrived as the de facto leader in the Bronx Bombers clubhouse. One thing the Amazins have lacked the past few seasons is a locker room leader who can run a tighter ship and hold all the young talent accountable from the player’s side.
If we consider production among the two as close to even, what other effects does a Judge-Alonso swap have on the New York Mets?