Jun 19

Mets Chat Room: Keep Pagan hitting second.

Game #68 at Yankees

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.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Chris Carter, DH

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Alex Cora, 2B

Henry Blanco, C

Mike Pelfrey, RP

Jun 18

Tonight’s lineup at Yankees

Here’s tonight’s lineup in the Bronx:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Chris Carter, DH

Rod Barajas, C

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

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Hisanori Takahashi, LP

Jun 17

Tonight’s lineup at Cleveland

The Mets will be seeking their seventh straight victory tonight at Cleveland.

Here’s the lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Chris Carter, DH

Henry Blanco, C

Jesus Feliciano, LF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

R.A. Dickey, RP

Jun 16

Maine might need more time.

MAINE: Not ready yet.

Jerry Manuel is saying John Maine might need another rehab start after Friday night, which probably isn’t a bad idea considering he was clocked at 88 mph. in his last outing.

When Maine comes back he would most likely come back as a starter because Manuel fears his shoulder might not be able to handle the up-and-down nature of the bullpen.

Several years ago the Mets once toyed with the idea of moving Maine to the bullpen but resisted.

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Word is Carlos Beltran is running with a limp, which still delays the timetable on his return.

Once Beltran moves from extended spring training games to a minor league rehab assignment the clock will start and the Mets would have 20 days to activate him.

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NOTES: Luis Castillo is taking ground balls in Port St. Lucie and might be activated for the Yankees series at the Stadium this weekend. … With the Mets facing righthanded pitching until Sunday look for Chris Carter to remain as the DH.

Jun 16

Tonight’s lineup vs. Indians

There are a lot of reasons why the Mets are sizzling, and one of them has been a relative consistency in the batting order. We have what has been the mostly normal batting order tonight at Cleveland:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF

Chris Carter, DH

Rod Barajas, C

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Jon Niese, LP