Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Braves

Jose Reyes – SS
Angel Pagan – CF
David Wright – 3B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Ike Davis – 1B
Willie Harris – LF
Brad Emaus – 2B
Josh Thole – C
D.J. Carrasco – P

Angel back in the two-hole — hooray! BTW did anyone expect Willie Harris to be the Mets’ everyday left fielder?


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  1. Joe April 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    “BTW did anyone expect Willie Harris to be the Mets’ everyday left fielder?”

    While Bay out, basically makes sense.

    • Joe Janish April 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm
      It may make sense, but it is hardly comforting.

      What if Bay is out until June?

      • Joe April 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm
        Well, they don’t have that many great options. What would you do?
        • Joe Janish April 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm
          Considering that Bay’s DL stint is so lengthy, and the team currently rots, I’d be inclined to give Nick Evans a shot. Of course I would’ve liked to see Duda being given more than than 17 ABs as well.

          This Harris / Hairston combo reminds me of 2005, when Miguel Cairo and Marlon Anderson combined for 550+ ABs for reasons unknown.

        • Izzy April 16, 2011 at 9:59 am
          Agree Joe Janish. If you aren’t going to win then you might as well play younger guys every day. Harris….Dumped by the Nats. Word out of Dc was his defense was deteriorating quickly at the end of the year (except aginst the Mets). So we sign him. Alderson just went for cheap veterans. There wasn’t a talent hunt. A solid month of Duda and he really would know what to work on, or he’d show he was major league ready. Same with Evans. A big missed opportunity.
        • Joe April 16, 2011 at 10:41 am
          The only way you’d get “a solid month of Duda” is if he played everyday and his defense was questionable in that department. Harris early on was hitting and Duda was not. And, the hope was that Bay wouldn’t be out for the month.

          As to Evans, the guy has been around for awhile, so you’d think we would know if he is MLB ready by now. If he is useful, I’m not sure why he cleared waivers, as he would have to again (I read) if they need to send him back at some point.

        • Izzy April 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm
          After watching the “great” defensive work provided by Harris and Hairston, it is funny questioning Duda’s defense. As for Evans, time in the bigs was rot time under Manuel. Never got a chance to show anything. Think Harris and Hairston are the future??? didn’t think so. Me neither.
          And you got it though, duda could have played everyday for a month. Too bad he didn’t. Maybe Sandy will tell us 2012 is de ja vu of 2011.
        • Joe April 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm
          Hairston isn’t being put there everyday or anything. Harris was hitting so in the short term it made sense to leave him. In the long term, sure. His misconstrues doesn’t mean Duda is dependable either defensively.

          Rot or not, and it wasn’t always rot, Evans had big league experience. I don’t know why no one took him off waivers. He is cheap and some teams can lose a veteran who can play various positions.

  2. gary s. April 16, 2011 at 11:55 am
    Joe, u wrote that y didn’t understand why we needed 2 journeyman can barely hot .200 guys like harris and hairston.U were of thses clowms was one too many