Mike Hessman replaces Ike Davis at first base, meaning Davis has sat in two of the last three games. Davis is the future of this team and I want to see him out there; I want to see him get opportunities against left-handed pitching.
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Mike Hessman, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Henry Blanco, C
Ruben Tejada, 2B
R.A. Dickey, RP
Take a good look at that lineup. The five through nine hitters strike little fear among pitchers. Looks like another low scoring night.
This should be a big series tonight in Philadelphia. There should be a tenseness in the air, a feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes with a pennant race.
But, there is no fire. After the Mets fell flat and were routed by Arizona last Sunday, they sleepwalked through Atlanta. Take away one swing of the bat by Jeff Francoeur and they would be heading to Philly on a four-game losing streak.
Not only were the Mets sloppy in Atlanta, but worse they were listless and seemed disinterested. With the exception of R.A. Dickey (and Johan Santana after the first inning Monday), they played flat and without a sense of urgency.
Their season is hanging on by a thread and they are playing with an aura of inevitability, as if they were waiting for the end.