Apr 24

Play Church tonight vs. lefty

The Mets face a lefthander tonight in Scott Olsen, which shouldn’t automatically draw the assumption Gary Sheffield will start in place of Ryan Church in right.

Don’t do it. After a homer the other day in St. Louis, Church is showing signs of getting back on track. He’s your starting right fielder and deserves the opportunity to hit against a lefty.

If Sheffield has to play, and because he’s hit the ball hard the odds are he will, it should be in left tonight.

Apr 21

Tonight’s line-up at St. Louis

We talked about juggling the line-up a few nights ago and we have Carlos Beltran third and David Wright fifth. Still want Luis Castillo second and Daniel Murphy sixth or seventh.

Ryan Church is also back in the line-up.

Tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
Carlos Beltran, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Ramon Castro, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Oliver Perez, P

Apr 15

Sheffield gets start tonight

Gary Sheffield will get his first start tonight for the Mets in right field, which next to Fenway, might be the hardest right field in the majors to play because of all the angles.

He’s got to play sooner or later, but I don’t like the timing after Ryan Church’s first bad game of the season. Then again, Church isn’t a Jerry favorite and they aren’t going to sit Daniel Murphy.

The question is where does Sheffield stand with the Mets? If he gets three hits tonight, he has to play tomorrow. Is he a starter or role player, and if the latter, can he handle that? He’s said all the right things, but it’s April.