Jul 01

Tonight’s lineup at Washington

SANTANA: Needs to rebound.

Jose Reyes will indeed sit tonight at Washington. Also, another game without Angel Pagan.

Here’s the lineup:

Jesus Feliciano, CF

Ruben Tejada, SS

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Chris Carter, LF

Henry Blanco, C

Alex Cora, 2B

Johan Santana, LP

Jun 29

Tonight’s lineup vs. Marlins

PAGAN: Returns to lineup

Angel Pagan returns to the lineup today against the Marlins in Puerto Rico. Here’s the order:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C

Fernando Tatis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Hisanori Takahashi, LP

Jun 29

Oswalt over Lee

Both Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee are available on the trade market, but considering all that’s going on around the Mets these days with Johan Santana, Oswalt is the best fit.

With Santana struggling, and reports he’s lost three to four mph. off his fastball and he’s no longer as elite as he used to be, the Mets must be farsighted about whom they bring in, as they are looking to bolster the front end of the rotation.

Given that, unless there was a chance to sign Lee long term, I believe the proper route would be Oswalt as you are addressing your pitching needs over the next three years for the cost of top prospects, presumably guys like Angel Pagan and Jenrry Mejia.

To surrender your blue chips for answers down the road is one thing. To surrender them for a rental is quite another. This thinking might be different if Santana were Santana, but he’s not, and that must be factored into the equation.

Jun 28

Mets Chat Room: Dickey rolling for a seven.

Game #76 vs. Marlins

At the beginning of last week I wrote how important the Detroit and Minnesota series were to the streaky Mets.

They’ve been either hot or cold and a solid showing against two strong American League teams would be a positive showing, and going 4-2 has them on the cusp again of first place in the NL East. With a win tonight and Atlanta loss to Washington and rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg, the Mets can move into first place.

They’ll attempt to do it behind knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is vying tonight to become the first Mets pitcher since Steve Trachsel in 2006 to win seven straight decisions.

“It doesn’t feel surreal,’’ Dickey said. “It feels like something I’ve been capable of doing.’’

The Mets will be without Angel Pagan again tonight, who remains sidelined with a muscle spasm on his right side.