Rebuilding teams make progress in small steps, and the Mets could make one tonight, with a victory at Pittsburgh, they could reach .500.
Should they win and Florida lose, they would trail the third-place Marlins by a half-game.
The Mets have been doing it with pitching with surprise Dillon Gee’s gem last night their seventh consecutive quality start. Last year’s surprise starter, R. A. Dickey, will start for the Mets.
After a slow start, Dickey is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA over his last four games.
Here’s tonight’s lineup at Pittsburgh, which features the return of Jason Bay.
Jose Reyes, SS
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Ronny Paulino, C
R.A. Dickey, RP