We talked about juggling the line-up a few nights ago and we have Carlos Beltran third and David Wright fifth. Still want Luis Castillo second and Daniel Murphy sixth or seventh.
Ryan Church is also back in the line-up.
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
Carlos Beltran, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Ramon Castro, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Oliver Perez, P
We begin with the news Mike Pelfrey will miss his start tomorrow and Luis Castillo will bat second. That’s because Daniel Murphy will sit in favor of Gary Sheffield in left. Murphy was going to get a rest anyway, so this isn’t about rewarding Castillo for last night.
Johan Santana on the mound for the boys. It’s nice to have your ace going. I was thinking about that last night after Ryan Braun homered to give Milwaukee a brief lead. They lose this, and with Figueroa likely going Sunday, then Santana would be their only chance to win.
Coin Flip landed on heads. Oliver Perez was exceptional last night. The story of the game was his ability to throw his change-up for strikes to right-handed hitters. It could be the turnaround pitch he’s always needed. But, as with all things Perez, let’s see him do it again.
I’m not buying Jerry Manuel when he said Daniel Murphy’s relay throw to Jose Reyes was a planned play.
I don’t like what I’m seeing from Reyes offensively. He’s not working the count and he has too much of an uppercut to his swing.
I still like Luis Castillo hitting second and Murphy down in the order. With how the 3-4-5 hitters are getting on base there would be plenty of RBI opportunities for him batting sixth or seventh.
Still not producing with RISP. That was a gift inning that doesn’t come along a lot. Not too often will you get four runs on a bunt single.
Gary Sheffield will get his first start tonight for the Mets in right field, which next to Fenway, might be the hardest right field in the majors to play because of all the angles.
He’s got to play sooner or later, but I don’t like the timing after Ryan Church’s first bad game of the season. Then again, Church isn’t a Jerry favorite and they aren’t going to sit Daniel Murphy.
The question is where does Sheffield stand with the Mets? If he gets three hits tonight, he has to play tomorrow. Is he a starter or role player, and if the latter, can he handle that? He’s said all the right things, but it’s April.
The Mets reached agreement with Gary Sheffield on a one-year deal, with the player’s agent, Rufus Williams, saying he wants to play beyond this year: “You don’t show much when you’re sitting on the bench. Gary is going to play beyond this year. It’s important for him to get an opportunity to play. What we’re trying to ensure, wherever he’s going, is that he has an opportunity to participate and perform.”
At first glance, the player who figures to get his at-bats cut most is right fielder Ryan Church. Next would be Daniel Murphy. I don’t see the Mets bringing in a high-profile player such as Sheffield without the intent of playing him.
Sheffield has 499 career homers.