Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Braves

Here is tonight’s Mets lineup batting against Atlanta Braves starter Derek Lowe:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 3B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Daniel Murphy 1B
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Josh Thole C
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
9. Jon Niese P

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  1. Professor Longnose June 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm
    My theory: Freeman intentionally got thrown out at third in the 9th inning, just so that it would end the inning and count as a finished game for K-Rod,
    • Joe Janish June 3, 2011 at 10:55 pm
      Yeah, that was bizarre. I still can’t figure out what Freeman was thinking, because there wasn’t even a throw to home that would encourage taking the extra base. He was out by like 40 feet.

      In other words, your theory holds water.

      • izzy June 4, 2011 at 9:07 am
        Whatever Freeman was thinking, it wasn’t about KROD’s contract.
  2. Joe June 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm
    Dickey (hurt) and Capauno (repeatedly faltering after six or so) is stretched but Niese is taken out with no one on and a guy struggling at the plate up. Your overused vet is brought in, walks the guy and the one vet infielder is charged with an error for the tying run. Sure, why not?

    Ten years from now, after saying goodbye to his dog Citi, Larry “Chipper” Jones will come back from retirement for a series with the Mets and still beat them. Andrew Jones is on the Yanks, which is a tad off, but like a repeat of MASH, some things are still consistent after all this time.