Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Diamondbacks

Tonight’s Mets lineup against lefthander Joe Saunders of the Diamondbacks:

Jose Reyes – SS
Dan Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Mike Nickeas – C
Jason Pridie – CF
Mike Pelfrey – P

I’m a little surprised to see the lefthanded-hitting Pridie starting in center against the lefty Saunders. Wasn’t part of the point of signing Scott Hairston that he could capably play all three outfield positions? If all Hairston is going to do is pinch-hit and occasionally botch balls in left field, I’m not sure why the Mets spent $1.1M for him.

Nice to see Nickeas back in the lineup, after hitting his first MLB homer.

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  1. Mic April 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm
    I hope u watch the game. I suspect mike is also there because of his game calling.
  2. Mic April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    I am even more surprised than u given that Kirk is on a hitting streak hitting .340 over ? Games and a major part of the buffs offense. Would it be that bad for Kirk to push pagan?
    • Izzy April 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm
      Aren’t the days if rushing kids supposed to be over. This guy Kirk might be off to a good start but he’s not on the 40 man, and if you bring him up for only 2 weeks then you start using hisoptions prematurely. And more importantly to this new small market mentality bringing him up might make him a super two guy down the road and force the small market team in the biggest market to pay “too much” for his services down the road. Afterall, saving money for the Wilpons/Katz team is the main goal, not winning or giving fans soemthing to be excited about.