Collins believes Torres' presence key

Collins believes Torres' presence key

Collins believes Torres' presence key
NEW YORK -- Andres Torres was in the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Yankees and hitting second against right-hander Phil Hughes, despite the switch-hitter's struggles this season from the left side of the plate.

The center fielder has only 13 hits in 76 at-bats against right-handers, and 11 hits in 35 at-bats against left-handers, but manager Terry Collins likes the speedster atop his lineup, and that was enough to start him against a righty.

Torres is a .238 career hitter from the left side against right-handers, and a .252 career hitter from the right side against left-handers. He has 61 doubles, 14 triples and 21 homers left-handed, compared to 23, 9 and seven right-handed, but that is in more than twice as many at-bats.

"We've got to get him to start using the field a little bit more, let his speed come into play, let those legs work for him," Collins said. "He's one of those guys that has just enough power to be dangerous at times. When he slaps the ball around and gets on base, he scores. I told the guys last night, 'We have to get him in there, because when he gets on, we win baseball games.'"