I’m very anxious to see Chris Capuano tonight. As the fifth starter, he was skipped the first time through the rotation. He gets his chance as the fifth starter to pull the Mets out of their three-game funk.
After winning three straight, the Mets have lost three in a row as their pitching was rocked the last two games in Philadelphia and the offense stunt their last two games, including going a dreadful 0-10 with RISP in the home opener against Washington.
If the Mets are to turn the corner this season, they must beat the lower division teams, of which the Nationals are one.
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It is a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Why aren’t they playing now? Ridiculous scheduling.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
Jose Reyes – SS
Angel Pagan – CF
David Wright – 3B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Scott Hairston – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Chin-lung Hu – 2B
Mike Nickeas – C
Chris Capuano – LHP
Home Opener. The spring begins now.
If you were offered 3-3 from the Mets by the home opener, let’s face it, you’d take it. However, after Florida, 3-3 tastes a little sour. Especially after the last two games in Philadelphia. Despite the spirited comeback Tuesday that fell short, the rotation was shelled the past two games and a winning road trip slipped away.
There’s always a sense of optimism that comes with the home opener, and this afternoon is no exception. R.A. Dickey, scintillating at home last season, will get the ball.
Terry Collins said this afternoon Dickey is the kind of player and person one wants roots for before of his underdog status. Dickey has come a long way from injury, to journeyman reputation to what will always be regarded as a trick pitch, to become arguably the Mets’ most dependable pitcher.
Collins also said this afternoon he wants fans leaving Citi Field after today’s game will know they have a team that plays the right way.
For now, that’s the most we can hope for.
Here’s today’s lineup against the Washington Nationals:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF,
Ike Davis, 1B
Willie Harris, LF
Brad Emaus, 2B
Josh Thole, C
R.A. Dickey, RP
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While it’s not too early to analyze, it is premature to draw any definitive conclusions about Mike Pelfrey after two horrid starts. Both times he failed to get out of the fifth, and last night he gave up seven runs in two innings.
Every year he strings together several stinkers. It just happens that he’s had two to start the season after a poor spring training. What beat Pelfrey last night was beat him last season, which was losing focus and getting away from his fastball.
Still, I believe he’s made progress and will snap out of it and get into the kind of groove that last season made him one of the premier starters in the first half. A strong start yesterday would have given the Mets two series victories to start the series.
Instead, with Roy Halladay terrific and Jon Niese assaulted by the Phillies, the Mets are currently being waxed 10-0 and six outs away from a 2-2 start.
It’s still a better start than most anticipated, and somewhat disappointing considering what might have been.
While it is too early to make any assumptions about the Mets, let’s be sure it was important for them to get off to a good start. So far, so good. Mike Pelfrey, who has been rocked in recent starts in Philadelphia, can give the Mets a second straight series win to start the season.
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