Jul 18

Mets Chat Room; Santana hopes to stop slide.

Game #92 at Giants.

At 61-19, Johan Santana has been money in the bank in his career during the second half.  The Mets will need to cash a Santana check today against the Giants to avoid being swept and perhaps falling into a free fall.

Santana gave up five hits in seven innings in beating Atlanta last Sunday to prevent a sweep in that series.

Overall, the Mets have lost six of their last seven and eight of their last ten games.

“I feel much better,’’ Santana said. “Hopefully, this second half will be a strong one.’’

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Jul 18

Today’s lineup at Giants

Carlos Beltran will have the afternoon off but is available to pinch-hit.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Henry Blanco, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

Johan Santana, LP

Jul 17

Mets Chat Room; paging the offense.

Game #91 at Giants

No question, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito had a lot to do with it, but the Mets’ offense has been in a funk before coming to San Francisco.

The Mets, on a 1-5 slide, have scored just six runs in that span and hit a composite .222. They’ve been shut out three times, including the first two games of this series.

It won’t get any easier tonight against Matt Cain. They will be trying to avoid being shut out in three straight games for the first time since July 25-27, 1992.

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Jul 17

Tonight’s lineup vs. Giants

Carlos Beltran was to rest today, but is in the lineup. Jerry Manuel said he’ll sit Beltran tomorrow.

Manuel also said Jose Reyes will start Monday in Arizona.

Here’s tonight’s lineup against the Giants:

Angel Pagan, RF

Alex Cora, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Rod Barajas, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

Hisanori Takahashi, LP

Jul 16

Mets Chat Room; Niese tries to halt slide.

Game #90 at Giants

Jon Niese stopper?

That’s the way it’s going to have to be tonight at San Francisco as Niese (6-3, 3.61) tries to pull the Mets out of their July funk.

After a boom in June that saw the Mets go 11 games over .500 and pull within a game of Braves, they are 4-7 for July to find themselves five games behind during a very precarious part of their schedule as this is the second game of a season-high 11-game road trip.

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