Mets and Braves playing a doubleheader at Shea today. Rain in the forecast for tonight. First game at 4 p.m., the second about a half-hour later. Late start courtesy of TV.
Johan Santana against Mike Hampton in the first game; Jon Niese and Jo-Jo Reyes in the second game.
Brian Schneider catches Santana and will catch Oliver Perez tomorrow. Robinson Cancel will catch Niese in the second game.
Jerry Manuel tried to be coy before the game, saying he didn’t know the club’s magic number is 14. Don’t believe him. I think he’s aware of all those things. He’s too sharp not to know.
Speaking of which, I think it would be appropriate to announce an extension for him and his interim coaches.