• Friday's game at Progressive Field is the Mets' eighth contest in an American League park this year. Lucas Duda was the designated hitter in two of the previous games, though Collins plans on keeping him at first base this weekend. Including Friday, Duda has played at first in five of the past eight games.
"He's just so much more comfortable in what he's doing defensively," Collins said. "He doesn't have the worries that he's going to hurt the club in the field, because he knows he can play first base."
The Mets recalled Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 24. In eight games since then, he's batted .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs entering Friday.
• Third baseman Wilmer Flores was held out of the Mets' lineup for the final two games in Atlanta but started on Friday in Cleveland, hitting ninth in the order.
"I know his ankle is doing much better," Collins said. "But, I just started to see his swing get a little long, so I thought he was getting tired. Maybe the days off will help him get some energy back."
• Daniel Murphy, who played second base and hit second on Friday, has hit in nine straight games, during which he's batted .459 (17-for-37). Juan Lagares, who played center field and batted seventh on Friday, has at least one hit in 10 straight starts. Dating back to Aug. 25, he has a .359 average (14-for-39).
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.