Tonight’s Lineup vs. Cubs

Here is the lineup the Mets will send to the plate against Chicago Cubs righthander Casey Coleman. BTW, game time is 8:05 PM; I incorrectly listed it as 7:35 in last night’s postgame recap.

Jose Reyes – SS
Josh Thole – C
Carlos Beltran – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Justin Turner – 3B
Jason Pridie – CF
Ruben Tejada – 2B
Dillon Gee – RHP

If I’m Casey Coleman I’m not shaking in my boots looking at this lineup. Though, I’m not sure how great Coleman is; if he’s the type of pitcher who will throw waist-high fastballs over the middle of the plate to some of the automatic outs listed above, then it could be a difficult evening for the youngster.

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  1. Pulled Hammy May 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    Welcome back, Joe. Given all the Mets options (minors and majors), who would you like to see playing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd? Y’know, while Wright and Davis are out.
    • Joe Janish May 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm
      Hard to say. I can tell you that I don’t like the Mets options, and can’t understand how they could have so little depth at so many positions. I do realize part of it is that their minor league system is abysmal, but it didn’t help that they brought in few free agents (both MLB and minor league FAs) over the winter.

      As things stand now, the Turner – Murphy – Tejada combo is less than adequate. I like Turner at 2B, less so at 3B. Tejada is good defensively, but not so good to make up for his lack of offense. Murphy doesn’t hit enough to make up for his defensive deficiencies at any of the three positions. Ideally, the Mets would have another power-hitting corner guy — how about Nick Evans?

      I would have liked to have seen Russ Adams get a shot at 2B or 3B, but he retired a few weeks ago. I also would have liked to see Chris Carter at 1B right now but he was let go. Zach Lutz or Lucas Duda at the corners would have been nice but both are injured. I’ve always loved Jason Botts (he can play 1B) so I’m curious to see what happens with him at AAA. Dan Johnson cleared waivers and thought he could have been a decent pickup for the short term since he can play all four corners and has a good stick. But since none of those men are an option right now I guess my only suggestion is to give Evans an opportunity somewhere — at 1B or 3B — keep Turner at 2B to keep that position strong all-around, and put Murphy at the other corner.