Jul 31

Tonight’s lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Interesting that Jeff Francoeur is not in the starting lineup tonight. It’s not that he needs a rest.

Here’s the lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, RF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Chris Carter, LF

Josh Thole, C

Luis Castillo, 2B

Hisanori Takahaski, LP

Jul 30

Tonight’s lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Luis Castillo, 2B

Angel Pagan, LF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Henry Blanco, C

Mike Pelfrey, RP

NOTES: Triple-A Buffalo’s Mike Jacob was traded to Toronto for a player to be named later. … Reportedly, the Mets turned down a deal for Ted Lilly that would have sent Josh Thole to the Cubs.

Jul 28

Tonight’s lineup vs. Cardinals

Ike Davis gets the night off, to be replaced by Mike Hessman. Jason Bay’s concussion will keep him sidelined for the second straight game.

Here’s the lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Luis Castillo, 2B

Angel Pagan, LF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Mike Hessman, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Henry Blanco, C

Johan Santana, LP

Jul 27

Mets Chat Room; Cardinals in town.

Game #100 vs. Cardinals

Things can always get worse. The question is: Will they ever get better? I mean, this year.

The weak-hitting Mets – who were shut out four time on their disastrous West Coast trip – open a three-game series tonight at Citi Field against St. Louis and Adam Wainwright, who is 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA over his last five starts and hasn’t allowed a run in 25 straight innings.

That’s whom the Mets will try to get better against.

The Mets went 2-9 on the trip, hit .196 and scored just 23 runs. One of the games they won was a gift from a bad umpire’s call.

“There’s no question that everybody’s frustrated,’’ said David Wright. “I think it adds to the frustration that our starters have been throwing the ball extremely well and our bullpen’s been solid. We just can’t get any runs for them. But now is not the time to hang your head or mope around.’’

Needing to pitch a shutout tonight – or at least it seems that way – will be Jonathon Niese, the beneficiary of all of four runs over his last three starts. He is 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA in that span.

The Mets return home with their coaching staff intact. There was speculation Howard Johnson would take the fall for the offense, but they decided that since their offense clicked in June that it would again.

Jul 27

Tonight’s lineup vs. Cardinals

The Mets’ lineup tonight against St. Louis offers no surprises. We’ll see if it will be the same old story.

Jose Reyes, SS

Luis Castillo, 2B

Angel Pagan, LF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Josh Thole, C

Jon Niese, LP