Today’s Mets Lineup

Today’s Mets lineup vs. the Braves in Atlanta:

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

Game time is 1:35 PM and will be broadcast in the New York-metro area on WPIX – WB 11.

This is the first big-league start of the Dillon Gee, the bulldog who showed some promise in September last year.

Note that Josh Thole is in the #2 hole and Willie Harris’ spot in the lineup keeps dropping — along with his batting average, as he’s 5 for his last 21. Also of note: baserunning blunder boy Dan Murphy sits while Brad Emaus starts at second base against righthander Tommy Hanson. Hanson actually was tougher on lefthanded hitters last year — holding them to a .226 AVG — but I think there is another reason for the decision to play Emaus over Murphy.

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  1. xDanTanna April 17, 2011 at 11:13 am
    Josh Thole in the #2 slot. That is not bad actually, as long as Jose Reyes (if he is on base) is going to run early in counts. Which is something for whatever reason he has proven reluctant to do. With Thole’s speed you better run early or you stand a chance of winding up w/ a double play.
  2. gary s. April 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    when do we just throw the names in a hat and set the lineup by who comes out? could it be any worse?
  3. Lee April 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    With all due respect to him, is the Brad Emaus experiment almost over with?
  4. Mic April 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm
    Why pick on brad? my question is why is hu still here?
  5. Mic April 18, 2011 at 8:26 am
    And palfrey to the pen? Personally include him in the package with Reyes or Krod. Do the white sox have another brad Richards?

    Where is Matt treanor, benji Molina?