Apr 08

Mets Lineup Today Against Braves

No, I never would have thought I’d write this sentence: The Mets will go for the sweep today against Atlanta. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Two games in is too early to draw any conclusions, but the first impression is good. The Mets’ pitching has been superb, both from the rotation and the bullpen, and today they’ll throw out Jon Niese against the Braves.

The Mets haven’t unleashed the bats, yet, but hit three solo homers yesterday. Lucas Duda went deep twice and David Wright hit a bomb to right-center. The new dimensions might have helped Duda, but they were ripped nonetheless.

Frank Francisco has two saves in two tries, and Terry Collins has gone to the bench twice already in the late innings for Daniel Murphy. I don’t mind that as long as he’s not giving away any at-bats by Murphy. But, using the bench keeps everybody involved and improves the defense.

It’s hard not to like what you’ve seen so far, but it is early. Most importantly, the Mets are taking advantage of an undermanned and underperforming Braves’ team. Atlanta won’t be like this all year, so you hit when you can. It’s a good start, so ride it as long as you can.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Jason Bay, lf
Lucas Duda, rf
Scott Hairston, cf
Mike Nickeas, c
Jonathon Niese, lp

Mar 07

Santana feeling fine; today’s lineup.

On the morning after, Johan Santana said he felt good and would throw a bullpen session tomorrow. Each day is another hurdle, and it isn’t a stretch to say tomorrow’s pen might be more important than yesterday’s start.

The Mets are already planning April’s rotation. There are two versions of it, one with Santana and one without. The one with Santana will be such that each start comes with an extra day of rest. With the off-days in April, that shouldn’t be difficult.

Santana threw mostly in the 87-88 range, but with more strengthening could boost that slightly. Important, however, was he maintained roughly a 10 mph. difference between his fastball and change-up.

* Reliever Pedro Beato has stiffness in his shoulder and will undergo a MRI.

* Outfielder Scott Hairston will be out for at least two weeks with a strained oblique muscle (he took a cortisone injection this week). It is very possible Hairston could open the season on the disabled list. As of now, Kirk Nieuwenhuis does not appear to be an option as a bench player.

Here’s today’s lineup against the Marlins:

Ruben Tejada, ss

Daniel Murphy, 2b

Justin Turner, 3b

Lucas Duda, rf

Josh Satin, 1b

Josh Thole, dh

Cesar Puello, lf

Mike Nickeas, c

Matt den Dekker, cf

Jon Niese, lhp

Note: Jose Reyes isn’t expected to play today, but could face his former team tomorrow.

 

Aug 02

Tonight’s lineup vs. Marlins.

Maybe Terry Collins is giving Daniel Murphy a day to think over his defense, but he’s not in the lineup for tonight’s game against Florida.

Murphy’s brain freeze set up Mike Stanton’s game-winning grand slam. It also served notice Murphy remains a defensive liability and a man without a position.

GM Sandy Alderson said Murphy will not play winter ball to work on a position in hope of him mastering things during spring training.

Well, good luck with that.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Scott Hairston, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Angel Pagan, CF

Lucas Duda, 1B

Mike Nickeas, C

Chris Capuano, LP

 

Apr 27

Mets, Dickey go for sixth straight tonight; ailing Pelfrey still on for Friday.

RA Dickey goes tonight for the Mets who are seeking their sixth straight victory. With a win and loss by Atlanta, the Mets could climb out of the NL East cellar.

Like I said earlier, small steps, but steps nonetheless.

Manager Terry Collins eschewed the tradition of riding the hot hand and will sit Daniel Murphy, Jason Pridie and Josh Thole against the Nationals, saying Justin Turner, Scott Hairston and Mike Nickeas need to play to keep sharp. It’s a long season and you’ll need everybody eventually.

Evidently, the Mets didn’t learn from Chris Young last night. Young, weakened with the flu, didn’t make it out of the fifth and gave up three homers. Mike Pelfrey, who has lost 11 pounds while being sick, threw an abbreviated bullpen session, but remains on to face Philadelphia Friday night.

Why?

Pelfrey wants to pitch, which is admirable, but it makes no sense to push things this early. Let him rest and regain his strength and go from there. Dillon Gee is on the roster for reasons like this and he’s pitched well.

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Apr 27

Mets’ April 27 lineup at Washington.

Here’s tonight’s lineup at Washington:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Scott Hairston, CF

Mike Nickeas, C

RA Dickey, RP

COMMENT: Evidently, manager Terry Collins isn’t respecting the power of the streak tonight by making changes at second, center and catcher.