Today’s Mets Lineup

Here is today’s Mets lineup against Giants lefthander Jonathan Sanchez:

Jose Reyes – SS
Chin-lung Hu – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Ronny Paulino – C
Scott Hairston – LF
Mike Pelfrey – P

I thought it was What’s on second? Hardy har har. In all seriousness, not sure why Chin-lung Hu gets a guaranteed at-bat in the first frame and Carlos Beltran, Ike Davis, and Jason Bay do not. Also not sure how Hu gets an at-bat before Ronny Paulino. Once again, that mysterious Mets manager method of batting the second baseman second. But hey, maybe Terry Collins has a hunch Hu will pull a Ruben Gotay and come up with a three-hit game.

BTW game time is 1:10 PM so I hope those of you working 9-5 set the DVR.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Mike May 5, 2011 at 11:11 am
    Baseball is a young man’s game run by old men and old thinkers. The 2-hole sees fastballs (as opposed to the 8th spot which sees slow balls and bucky balls) so lets put a guy who can hit the ball the other way! Never mind that this only works once in the first inning assuming the leadoff hitter is on base. Never mind that this player will see more at bats than Ike Davis who is by far the best hitter on the team at the moment, or Carlos Beltran who is smoking hot. Never mind that Hu has zero chance of driving home Reyes from first with one swing. Never mind that late in the game Collins will absolutely hit for Hu (so essentially trades a Jason Bay or Ike Davis at bat with a Justin Turner or Murphy cold off the bench at bat). Forget all that. Why? Because Hu can hit behind Reyes and move him to third… assuming he doesn’t already steal 2nd. Then he gets an RBI chance. So, wait Collins prefers Hu hitting with a runner in scoring position to Bay or Beltran?

    Sorry I guess I have no argument.

  2. Joe May 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Interesting outfield alignment.

    Welcome back to the proud poppa. Hey baseball fans! You too can be a feminist! Paternal leave proves it.

    (not really kidding — that’s a nice idea)