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James Loney | First Baseman | #28

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (19) / LA
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James Loney will start at first base and bat eighth in Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants.
The Mets left Lucas Duda off the roster, so the alternative would have been going with the right-handed hitting Eric Campbell against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Loney batted just .173/.218/.269 in 56 plate appearances against southpaws this season, but Terry Collins is rolling with him. The full lineup: Jose Reyes 3B, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Curtis Granderson CF, T.J. Rivera 2B, Jay Bruce RF, Rene Rivera C, Loney 1B, Noah Syndergaard SP. Oct 5 - 3:03 PM

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Marc Carig of Newsday hears that Mets manager Terry Collins is leaning toward using James Loney at first base for Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown with the Giants.

Collins said Tuesday that he has already settled on his lineup for the game, but he declined to disclose it. Loney isn't exactly an inspiring choice, but apparently the Mets still have questions about Lucas Duda's readiness. The right-handed hitting Eric Campbell would be another alternative against Madison Bumgarner, but he obviously doesn't offer much upside at the plate.
Oct 4 - 1:12 PM

James Loney clobbered a two-run homer on Saturday as the Mets topped the Phillies 5-3 to secure the top wild card spot in the National League Playoffs.

That means that they'll be hosting either the Giants or Cardinals for that decisive game. Loney, who wouldn't have even been in the lineup had Lucas Duda been fully healthy, tagged Patrick Schuster for the go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth inning, giving the Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting .266/.308/.398 with nine homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Oct 1 - 4:21 PM

James Loney is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

The struggling Loney will take a seat against left-hander Brandon Finnegan. Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat cleanup while Matt Reynolds will play second base and bat eighth.
Sep 6 - 2:42 PM

James Loney went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

The power-deficient first baseman was batting fourth in manager Terry Collins' lineup Thursday, so of course he came up with three hits and three runs. The good night brought his overall line up to .272/.313/.391. Loney has six homers in 72 games this year.
Aug 25 - 11:52 PM

James Loney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Loney won some fans in New York after a solid start replacing James Loney, but his OPS is under .700 now and he's driven in all of 26 runs in 71 games (and scored a total of 21 times). He's not helping.
Aug 25 - 12:18 AM

James Loney is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

He's sitting against left-hander Robbie Ray. Lefty-masher Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth while T.J. Rivera will play third base.
Aug 15 - 6:01 PM

James Loney was 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.

His solo blast off Tyler Chatwood in the second inning was the only offense the Mets could muster on Friday. As disappointing as New York’s offense has been this season, you can’t blame Loney. The 32-year-old is batting .288/.340/.451 with six homers and 21 RBI through 50 games.
Jul 29 - 10:57 PM

James Loney is not in Monday's lineup versus the Cubs.

He's sitting against lefty Jon Lester. Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth.
Jul 18 - 4:30 PM

James Loney is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench against southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Wilmer Flores is at first base.
Jul 10 - 10:24 AM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored Friday versus the Cubs.

Loney slugged a solo homer in the second inning before driving in two runs with a double one inning later. He’s now up to four homers in 111 plate appearances this season, equaling his total through 388 plate appearances with the Rays last season. We’re not banking on the power to continue at this pace, so don't get carried away in fantasy leagues, but he has been a pleasant surprise for New York.
Jul 2 - 12:33 AM

James Loney got only one hit on Wednesday but it was a two-run home run, his third of the season.

Loney's 1-for-4 night moves his line to .284/.336/.451 in 102 at-bats since joining the Mets a month ago. Throughout his career he has consistently provided a solid batting average without much in the way of power or counting stats. He is no more than an emergency corner infield option for fantasy owners.
Jun 29 - 10:37 PM

James Loney went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored Friday in an 8-6 victory over the Braves.

He also made a heck of a play at first base to end the game. The Mets’ offense has been struggling in a big way, but Loney has done a fine job as the regular first baseman since joining the team at the end of May. He’s now batting .305/.367/.463 with two home runs and eight RBI through 22 games. He’s not a relevant option in mixed fantasy leagues, but the Mets are happy with what he’s providing right now.
Jun 24 - 11:06 PM

James Loney smacked three extra-base hits against the Braves on Saturday, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Loney tripled once and doubled twice. The nice game raised his OPS from .642 all the way to .774 after 71 plate appearances. Loney has been playing every day since becoming a Met on May 31st. He has never hit for much power. He can be relied upon for a good batting average but not much else.
Jun 18 - 11:32 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in Friday’s 6-2 win over the Marlins.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly brought in left-hander Mike Dunn to face Loney in a tie ballgame in the seventh, but it backfired, as Loney took him deep for his first home run as a member of the Mets and No. 100 for his career. It was his first home run in the majors since last August 7 and his first home run off a left-hander since June 7, 2014. Loney isn’t going to show off his power on a regular basis, but the Mets aren't complaining.
Jun 3 - 10:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
3Kevin Plawecki
4Tomas Nido
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
2T.J. Rivera
3Ty Kelly
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3Gavin Cecchini
4Amed Rosario
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Michael Conforto
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Brandon Nimmo
3Wulimer Becerra
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Hansel Robles
4Josh Edgin
5Sean Gilmartin
6Gabriel Ynoa
7Josh Smoker
8Erik Goeddel
9Jenrry Mejia