I always liked Luis Castillo in the two hole because of his ability to bunt, hit behind Jose Reyes and work the count.
However, with the way Angel Pagan has taken to that position in the order, and how the Mets have played with him there, when Castillo comes back from the disabled list I’d rather have him hit eight and keep Pagan second.
Last night, Pagan broke open a close game with a two run double, something he’s done a lot of lately with an average of well over .300 with RISP.
Reyes and David Wright are hitting now, but unquestionably the Mets’ most consistent hitter this season has been Pagan.
He’ll bat second again today in a pitcher’s duel between Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes, both of whom are 9-1.
Pennants aren’t always won by superstars, they are often determined by the non-descript, the long shots, the unknowns.
Game #66 at Indians
If the Mets somehow find their way into October, R.A. Dickey would have played an important role, and if he keeps on this pace, it won’t be a bit part, either.
Dickey will float his knuckleball tonight in an attempt to win his fifth straight decision to become just the fourth Met to win his first five decisions with the club.
This couldn’t have been foreseen when the Mets brought him up from Triple-A Buffalo, May 19. What also couldn’t have been envisioned at the time is that the Mets can move into first place with a victory and an Atlanta loss.
Yes, too early, but it beats looking up from a huge hole.