Jul 01

Reyes: Give him another day.

Jose Reyes remains questionable for tonight’s game with the Washington Nationals with stiffness in his lower back.

The Mets might be off the rug tonight in Washington, but if Jerry Manuel holds to form of sitting a player the day after he’s removed from a game by injury – or in this case, from pre-game batting practice – then Reyes will sit.

And, he should.

REYES: Give him another day.

Reyes isn’t porcelain china, but he’s extraordinarily valuable to this team and should be protected.  The Mets made remarkable strides in June and would risk taking a step back if Reyes were to aggravate this injury and go on one of those prolonged “he’s ready, he’s not ready,’’ situations.

Presumably, this isn’t a serious injury and another day or two shouldn’t hurt. The last thing the Mets need is to push Reyes unnecessarily and risk losing him.

Jun 30

Mets Chat Room; Pelfrey hopes to stop sweep.

Game #78 vs. Marlins

The Florida Marlins are not a team Mike Pelfrey (10-2, 2.71) enjoys facing, but then again, this is a different Pelfrey.

Pelfrey beat the Marlins in his major league debut, July 8, 2006, but has gone 0-6 with a 5.82 ERA in nine starts since.

He has not faced Florida this season.

But, this year we’ve seen a different Pelfrey, who is 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last eight starts, including beating Minnesota last Friday.

“I wouldn’t way it’s beyond where I thought I could be,’’ Pelfrey said of his hot first half. “It’s a good start.’’

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Jun 30

Tonight’s lineup vs. Marlins; Pagan out again.

Angel Pagan still has some soreness in his right side that makes it uncomfortable to hit left-handed. That’s why Jesus Feliciano pinch-hit for him last night and was in center field on the game winning hit, and why he’s not in the lineup tonight against righty Chris Volstad.

Here’s tonight’s lineup vs. Marlins:

Jose Reyes, SS

Jesus Feliciano, CF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Chris Carter, RF

Rod Barajas, C

Alex Cora, 2B

Mike Pelfrey, RP

Jun 29

Tonight’s lineup vs. Marlins

PAGAN: Returns to lineup

Angel Pagan returns to the lineup today against the Marlins in Puerto Rico. Here’s the order:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C

Fernando Tatis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Hisanori Takahashi, LP