Tonight’s game against San Diego has been rained out and will be made up tomorrow as part of a day-night doubleheader, with games starting at 1:10 p.m., and 7:10 p.m.
The tarp is on the field and there’s a steady drizzle here at Citi Field. There’s no word indicating the game won’t be played or not start on time.
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Johan Santana, LP
Hisanori Takahashi will get another chance partly because he deserves it, but also because the Mets don’t have much choice.
Takahashi has started four games; two sparkling and two stinkers. What the Mets have learned is when the unraveling starts it comes quickly, and trouble usually comes around the fifth and sixth innings.
He began to tire at this time against the Yankees and Phillies, and yesterday. However, he lost it early against the Padres, when he never had command.
The memory of the Yankees and Phillies starts, plus how strong he was until the Cody Ross homer yesterday, is what will keep him in the rotation for now.
The Mets will be going for their eighth straight victory at Citi Field this afternoon and extend their Major League Best 21-9 home record.
Jerry Manuel, in explaining the Mets’ road woes, said they don’t take the same offense approach. There’s more trying for the long ball instead of going the opposite way and working the count. They let getting away from Citi Field’s long dimensions get to them.
“If you see us play at home, I expect us to win the division,” said Jeff Francoeur, who takes a nine-game hitting streak into today’s game.
Expect second baseman Luis Castillo to be placed on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game against Florida. In compensating for a bone bruise to his left heel, Castillo has developed problems with his right leg.
This hasn’t been played out well at all. Castillo has been bothered by the bone bruise for several weeks now and only aggravates it when he plays. Had he gone on the DL weeks ago, he might be back and ready to play by now.
Ruben Tejada, who impressed the Mets during spring training, has been hitting better at Class AAA Buffalo and would be the likely call-up.
The Mets will also activate Jon Niese from the disabled list (hamstring) and he will start Saturday against the Marlins. Unless the Mets can convince Oliver Perez to take a minor league assignment, the Mets will have to option somebody to the minors. The choices are Elmer Dessens, Jenrry Mejia and Ryota Igarashi, the latter who has not pitched well since coming off the disabled list.
Based solely on recent performance, Igarashi should be the odd man out, but things don’t always work that way. Dessens was the last pitcher brought in and manager Jerry Manuel wants to try him as the eighth-inning set-up man.
The Mets have said they would not send Mejia down to stretch him out to become a starter, but that situation might have changed.
The ultimate irony: Perez holds his ground and the Mets option out Mejia. Then weeks later Mejia is brought back as a starter, and to make room for him Perez is cut.