Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Pirates

This is the lineup the Mets are sending to the plate against Pirates righthander Kevin Correia:

Angel Pagan – CF
Justin Turner – 2B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Ronny Paulino – C
Willie Harris – 3B
Ruben Tejada – SS
Chris Capuano – P

Personally I’d prefer to have seen Nick Evans in there again, but it’s more important to get Willie Harris’ slick glove at the hot corner and his lefthanded bat in the lineup right now than find out if Evans will ever hit righthanders. Mildly strange, though, not to see Josh Thole behind the dish with the righty on the mound. Is it possible that Capuano prefers to work with Paulino? Inquiring minds want to know …

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