Today’s Mets Lineup vs. Dodgers

The Mets go for the sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon. Here is the lineup they will send to the plate against lefty Clayton Kershaw:

Jose Reyes – SS
Justin Turner – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Jason Bay – LF
Ronny Paulino – C
Ike Davis – 1B
Scott Hairston – RF
Jason Pridie – CF
R.A. Dickey – P

Not surprising to see Justin Turner in there against the lefty, particularly after his big hit last night. Mildly surprising to see Ronny Paulino catching R.A. Dickey, but he historically destroys lefthanded pitchers. You may be surprised to see him hitting ahead of Ike Davis, who is arguably the Mets’ best hitter in this young season. But, Ike has only 4 hits in his last 28 at-bats and is hitting just .179 against lefties this year.

Hey look: Scott Hairston is playing right field. Though Carlos Beltran is scorching the ball, he hasn’t had a rest in quite some time. And remember, Hairston was signed specifically to spell Beltran and to hit against LHPs.

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