CHAT ROOM vs. Nats.
The sluggish Mets are in DC, armed with Tim Redding, in an attempt to stop their slide at three games.
The field is a mess in DC, but the game is supposed to start on time.
Redding’s first start since coming off the DL was a good one in LA, but he hasn’t shown much since.
The Mets are a hurting group, relying way too much on their role players. And, it doesn’t help that David Wright is in a slump.
June is a critical month for the Mets in that half their core is missing and the schedule will get tougher. If they can hold it together they should be in decent position come July.
Here’s tonight’s line-up:
Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Fernando Martinez, LF
Brian Schneider, C
Tim Redding, P
NOTEBOOK: No timetable for Jose Reyes’ return. … Gary Sheffield rests tonight and will rest Sunday. … Jerry Manuel said it was likely (didn’t say definite) that Fernando Martinez will stay when Ryan Church is activated from the disabled list.