May 26

Dickey goes for Mets in road trip finale.

The Mets close their series at Chicago this afternoon behind R.A. Dickey needing a victory to give them a split of their six-game road trip.

Here’s the batting order:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, C

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 3B

Jason Pridie, CF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

R.A. Dickey, RP

NOTES: Terry Collins said Fernando Martinez will be optioned to Triple-A Buffalo when Angel Pagan is activated from the DL tomorrow. … Collins said he doesn’t plan on moving Jason Bay to the two hole in the batting order.

 

 

May 24

Tonight’s Mets lineup: May 24 at Chicago.

After kicking away Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, the Mets are in Chicago tonight to face the Cubs.

When you look at Mets’ history they’ve have periodic rivals. In 1969 and again in 1973, the Cubs were a big deal on their schedule. There’s also been the Pirates, the Braves and the Phillies.

One of my favorite sports books is “The Year the Mets Lost Last Place,’’ which documented a three-series stretch in 1969. Every now and then I’ll pick up the book and start to read. It always is fresh.

Mets at Cubs used to be in the afternoon, but that’s another lost tradition. Night games at Wrigley Field? I still don’t like it.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Justin Turner, 3B

Willie Harris, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Jonathan Niese, LP

 

COMMENTS: The first game after Fred Wilpon threw Reyes and Beltran under the bus. Not inaccurate comments, but it does make you wonder what the agenda is here.

 

May 19

Today’s Mets lineup: May 19 vs. Washington.

They got the game in last night, but I wonder if it is worth the risk when I hear Jon Niese had trouble gripping the ball.

Teams have a huge investment in players, but it isn’t a stretch to figure out why they put them at risk by playing in such rotten conditions. If you must use blowtorches to dry the field, it isn’t worth playing that day.

The Mets clearly didn’t want to play a doubleheader today to tax their bullpen prior to the Yankees series, and didn’t want to play one later in the season.

There aren’t as many off days as there used to be because of interleague play and the unbalanced schedule. And, most teams don’t want doubleheaders not because of the impact on pitching, but because they don’t want to give up the gate.

Anyway, it is better today than it was yesterday, although the field is still soggy. Here’s the Mets’ lineup today behind Dillon Gee:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, C

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 3B

Jason Pridie, CF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Dillon Gee, RP

COMMENTS: Terry Collins floated the idea to the media last night about hitting Jason Bay second, but he hasn’t talked to him, yet. That explains why there’s been no move. Theoretically, hitting Bay second should present him with more fastball opportunities.

 

May 17

Today’s Mets lineup: May 17 vs. Marlins.

Odds are the following lineup will be a moot point anyway because of the rain. The tarp is on the field and I would be surprised if it came up anytime soon.

The Mets made a couple of moves today, bringing up Ruben Tejada and Pedro Beato while optioning Ryota Igarashi and Chin-lung Hu.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, C

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 3B

Jason Pridie, CF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Jon Niese, LP

COMMENTS and NOTES: With David Wright and Ike Davis injured, there’s not much Terry Collins can do with the lineup and his bench. A look at the order shows three players off the bench in the starting lineup. As far as the order is concerned, there’s no surprises. Thole, because of his patience and bat control, is the logical choice to bat second, and where else but eighth would Tejada hit? … The assumption is Wright will be placed on the disabled list and Nick Evans promoted from Triple-A Buffalo. Evans can play both first and third.

 

May 12

Mets’ Lineup: May 12 at Colorado.

It’s still raining in Denver, so this lineup could be a moot point. But, here’s who the Mets are playing this afternoon behind Jonathan Niese:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 2B

Josh Thole, C

Jason Pridie, CF

Jonathan Niese, LP

COMMENTS AND NOTES: Six starters whose names begin with a “J.’’ Wonder if that’s some kind of record. That could be the best thing to be said about this lineup. … Beltran up to third in the order. If he has a hot game will Terry Collins leave him there for awhile? … Nick Evans is cold and both Zach Lutz and Lucas Duda are injured, which is why the Mets didn’t promote a first baseman. … Chris Young has opted for season-ending surgery. … Bobby Parnell will pitch tonight at Triple-A Buffalo.