Interesting lineup tonight in Atlanta with both Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan not playing because of injuries.
Tonight will be Lucas Duda’s debut as the Mets are going younger. Duda’s reputation is that he can punish the ball, and power is something this team desperately needs.
Also, Josh Thole, who has good bat control will bat second. I don’t envision this being a permanent spot in the batting order for him, but the more information the better, especially in games when Pagan might hit third.
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.