Gameday Open Thread: June 6 vs. Florida

The Mets (29-27) look for a series sweep over the visiting Marlins (28-29) at Citi Field. Hisanori Takahashi (4-2, 3.21) looks to right himself after an awful outing in San Diego. He will be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.57).

The Mets lineup, courtesy of the team’s media relations department:

7 Jose Reyes – SS
16 Angel Pagan – CF
44 Jason Bay – LF
29 Ike Davis – 1B
5 David Wright – 3B
21 Rod Barajas – C
12 Jeff Francoeur – RF
13 Alex Cora – 2B
47 Hisanori Takahashi – LHP

By the way, I won’t have time to post Mets links today… If you see any interesting links out there, post them in the comments section and I will take a look for tomorrow morning’s link post.

Gametime is at 1:10pm….



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  1. Kevin June 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    Takahashi looks great so far lets hope the San Diego start was an outlier.
  2. gary516 June 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    Hissy Baseball! LOL
  3. John Fitzgerald June 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm
    Beltran was 1-for-5 with an RBI yesterday in Port St. Lucie –
  4. MikeTomaselli June 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    I somehow knew Francoeur would hit one out today, I was off an at bat in my prediction though… He and Wright are unconscious this week. Reyes and Ike went cold and those two warmed up. Wright was yet to have one of these streaks and if you go back to yesterday (or Friday, I forget) I made the comment that he was long over due for one of these. Lets hope it lasts more than a few days.

    I think Takahashi is best in long relief because the first time through the order he is great, then it begins to break down. He's not awful but I think he is best used in the long man role. So I am officially in the corner of the Mets should make a pitching move if possible. I know how flawed this team is, but if things perk up on the road they will be in this thing all season. If the idea is to maximize the value of each player then Takahashi should be in long relief. I like him though, how can you not? I just hope there will be a reasonable move to be made.

  5. John Fitzgerald June 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    I agree with you, Mike.

    The thing about Francoeur is that he will give you absolutely nothing for weeks and then he will carry your offense for a couple of weeks. It's a difficult tradeoff for many fans accept, but his streakiness makes him a solid #7 hitter. However, if he's hitting higher in the order like he has at times, he can really hurt your lineup if he's not raking the ball.

  6. John Fitzgerald June 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    I really doubt that Ramirez could have caught Davis' groundball if he had been playing in (Bottom 8th inning). The ball was just hit too hard. I understand what Gary and Ron were saying about how Gonzalez SHOULD have had his infield in, though.
  7. Mic June 7, 2010 at 1:08 am
    -Congrats guys:

    – Agree with Tak in Long releif. However note he is reeally thrust into starting because of injuries. Hopefully he can go back, with RA, Johan, Jon and Pel all doing well enuff. Agree also that /Jet lag &chilly San Diego as well as the LF jetstream on Sunday did not help him.

    – Alot of talk about DFAing a pitcher this weekend…..why??? Jenry, Valdes OR Ig could be demoted. I suspect Nieve could go on the DL.


  8. John Fitzgerald June 7, 2010 at 1:14 am
  9. Mic June 7, 2010 at 1:17 am
  10. John Fitzgerald June 7, 2010 at 2:16 am
    Thanks for posting the links, Mic! I'll get them into tomorrow's link post.
  11. Mic June 7, 2010 at 2:36 am
    Reese is now hitting .327 and added a 6th HR on Sun. But where to put him with Tejada already showing well in the majors both with bat AND glove.

  12. MikeTomaselli June 7, 2010 at 4:55 am
    Whoa now. No need to jump the gun on Havens. He's in AA. Let him stay there another month hitting like this and staying healthy before you even move him to AAA. But he won't necessarily do both of those, so don't expect him in AAA until late in the year if at all. He's more likely to take the Ike Davis path of starting next year in AAA and getting called up if/when Castillo needs to be replaced next year.

    Tejada is best in a utility role, but everyone remember Marco Scutaro came up as a Met and was nothing more than a utility player according to scouts… also Melvin Mora was not highly regarded besides having talent but a tough to project career. Both were touted as utility players and both have had good MLB careers. If I'm the Mets I keep Tejada in my system and if he doesn't find a starting spot move him for a good piece. Hopefully he uses this chance to stick around, and if he plays well enough that Castillo is not guaranteed to start again once "healthy."