April 7.10: Expect pat lineup tonight; Reyes close.

Jerry Manuel said after the Opening Day victory he planned on making no changes with the line-up, which would mean another start for Alex Cora at shortstop and Mike Jacobs hitting clean-up.

Of course, that means changes across the board.

Said Jacobs of going 0-for-4: “My first day hitting in this stadium, obviously in a game, I didn’t pick up the ball real well. As the game went on, it got a little better. But you just chalk it up to just first day and hopefully a lot more days left.’’

Still, I’d rather they go David Wright-Jason Bay in the 3-4 slots, with Jacobs fifth and Jeff Francoeur sixth.

I also don’t have a problem with Cora playing. He usually does the right thing.

Manuel did say he’d try to get all the position players in games during this homestand to make sure everybody gets involved. If you’re selling the concept of “team,’’ then everybody should play.

REYES UPDATE: The news continues to be positive for shortstop Jose Reyes, who reached base four times with two hits and two walks last night in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie. Reyes played nine innings of defense.

The Mets believe he will return as scheduled from the disabled list Saturday against Washington.

Reyes started the season on the DL due to a thyroid condition. He missed most of last season with a hamstring injury.

TONIGHT’S STARTER: John Maine, 1-3 with a 7.88 ERA during spring training, will start tonight. I’ll have something on Maine later today.

CHAT ROOM: Don’t forget, I’ll host another Mets Chat Room during tonight’s game. Hope to see you online.

15 thoughts on “April 7.10: Expect pat lineup tonight; Reyes close.

  1. well thats good they are keeping a “winning” lineup. but jacobs has to be taken out of the number 4 spot.
    He has no right being there, even if we take mondays game out of the mix.
    dave said it earlier, he was a reject from another team and M&M put him in the 4 spot? unreal.

    BTW- from mets.com – no mention of jecobs. telling huh..

    Mets: Newcomers come through
    While it certainly was a nice sight for Mets fans to see Wright go deep, there was also safety in numbers. In this case, the numbers were three and two. The Mets had three newcomers in their Opening Day lineup, and each delivered two hits. Big free-agent acquisition Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with a run scored while hitting fifth. Gary Matthews Jr. followed Bay in the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Rod Barajas started behind the plate and also finished with a double and an RBI. It might be helpful if that carried over, particularly for Bay on Wednesday. The outfielder has gone just 2-for-12 against Nolasco in his career.

  2. Sybill is an idiot. His number 4 hitter was cut by his previous team. the guy hit 19 hr or something with a 240 ba.

    what a fool.

    i feel sorry for us.

    I hope maine miraculously learns how to pitch again.

    at least we will have a chance tomorrow with niese.

  3. Good Morning John –

    I’m going off-topic for a moment if you don’t mind – I just want to say Congratulations! to the UConn Women’s Basketball Team who finished their second undefeated NCAA basketball season in a row last night by beating the Stanford Women’s Team. They have now won 78 games in a row – just think of that.

    Their coach is a man – Geno Auriemma – and he actually listens to his team – that started way back in the Rebecca Lobo/Jen Rizzoti days. It is one of the best sports stories ever here in Connecticut and is certainly nowhere near finished.

    Thanks to all involved – you’ve done us proud.

    Go, Huskies, Go.

  4. SteveC (1): As stated, I think they should have a different 3-4-5 combination. Manuel said he expected to keep the same lineup, but he’s changed his mind before.-JD

  5. Annie (3): Watched part of the game. Didn’t think much of them in the first half, but they showed why they are a special team in the second half. Ten wins away from tying UCLA’s streak of 88. They have a tough schedule early.-JD

  6. dave (2): I’m willing to give Maine the benefit of doubt that his problems were more injury related last year. At least, I hope so.-JD

  7. John – It is an amazing streak and even more so, that John Wooden is still alive – at 96 to see it.

  8. *sigh* annie, i honestly dont care about much sports. baseball is pretty much all i have left. I dont know the team nor the coach. but happy you guys are happy. now can we please get back to the Mets?
    thank you :-)

  9. john

    i hope you are right about john. but as your post says, his spring numbers were not good.


  10. 3 Annie
    What would be great for the womens game would be a final four at MSG.
    With the NIT finally about to be ended for good lets hope the NCAA actually considers this.

  11. 11. Dave.. santana was pretty shaky during spring. and look his first game and he sprung into action. maybe our pitching staff was lulling the other teams into a false sense .. 😉

  12. SteveC

    I hope you are right. The difference is Johan knows how to pitch. Everyone else does not.