I’m very anxious to see Chris Capuano tonight. As the fifth starter, he was skipped the first time through the rotation. He gets his chance as the fifth starter to pull the Mets out of their three-game funk.
After winning three straight, the Mets have lost three in a row as their pitching was rocked the last two games in Philadelphia and the offense stunt their last two games, including going a dreadful 0-10 with RISP in the home opener against Washington.
If the Mets are to turn the corner this season, they must beat the lower division teams, of which the Nationals are one.
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Home Opener. The spring begins now.
If you were offered 3-3 from the Mets by the home opener, let’s face it, you’d take it. However, after Florida, 3-3 tastes a little sour. Especially after the last two games in Philadelphia. Despite the spirited comeback Tuesday that fell short, the rotation was shelled the past two games and a winning road trip slipped away.
There’s always a sense of optimism that comes with the home opener, and this afternoon is no exception. R.A. Dickey, scintillating at home last season, will get the ball.
Terry Collins said this afternoon Dickey is the kind of player and person one wants roots for before of his underdog status. Dickey has come a long way from injury, to journeyman reputation to what will always be regarded as a trick pitch, to become arguably the Mets’ most dependable pitcher.
Collins also said this afternoon he wants fans leaving Citi Field after today’s game will know they have a team that plays the right way.
For now, that’s the most we can hope for.
Here’s today’s lineup against the Washington Nationals:
Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF,
Ike Davis, 1B
Willie Harris, LF
Brad Emaus, 2B
Josh Thole, C
R.A. Dickey, RP
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While it is too early to make any assumptions about the Mets, let’s be sure it was important for them to get off to a good start. So far, so good. Mike Pelfrey, who has been rocked in recent starts in Philadelphia, can give the Mets a second straight series win to start the season.
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METS CHAT: Game #4 at Phillies
Any Mets’ fan will tell you their team’s biggest rival is Philadelphia and not the Yankees. Afterall, it is the Phillies the Mets compete against for the NL East and not the Yankees, who occupy two of their weekends.
When the Mets coughed up the lead in 2007 and 2008, it was the Phillies who were the beneficiaries, including winning the World Series the latter season. But, truth be told, the rivalry has played out more in the papers and fans than on the field, where the Phillies have been the real team to beat.
It will be interesting to see how the Mets stack up to the Phillies this season. They are the odds-on favorite to win the division while the Mets have been picked for the basement in several circles.
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Jon Niese going tonight for the boys against Florida. Niese surprised us early last season then struggled in the second half. Hot and cold. Sounds like a lot of Mets’ pitchers. Bottom line is we still don’t know what to expect from him.
I’m glad the Mets eschewed dealing Niese last year at the trade deadline because despite an erratic start to his career, I see a big upside with him. Lefties are golden.
Angel Pagan is hitting second tonight, which I don’t understand. Willie Harris is on the bench tonight despite getting two hits last night.
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