We start off tonight with disturbing news, that Jose Reyes returned to New York to be re-examined by doctors.
This isn’t just a tight calf anymore. Hell, it hasn’t been a tight calf for two months.
I wrote this several weeks ago and it bears repeating, but the Mets should consider shutting down Reyes for the remainder of the season.
If they full further out of the race, the only thing that could be accomplished by playing Reyes is to showcase him for an off-season trade.
Other than that, what could be gained?
The Mets are home tonight to start a two-game series with St. Louis. Joel Pineiro (9-9, 2.84), who shut out the Mets earlier this year on a two-hitter, goes against Johan Santana (12-8, 2.96). Santana is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last three starts in Citi Field.
Lifetime, Pineiro is 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA in five starts against the Mets.
Here’s the line-up:
Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Alex Cora, SS
Omir Santos, C
Johan Santana, LP
NOTEBOOK: Carlos Delgado is doing some light running. … Nelson Figueroa is available tonight in the bullpen.