Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Braves

Here is tonight’s Mets lineup against Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens:

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

It took me a minute to find Jason Bay, who was dropped to the 6-hole. Hopefully that move will take some pressure off, though I believe there is more to Bay’s hitting problems than stress.

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  1. NormE June 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    I’ve read the theories on Jason Bay: stress, mechanics, Citi Field, vision, etc. What if it’s just a matter of his getting old very quickly? There is the theory that some athletes hit the age wall quite abruptly. I remember reading about Don Drysdale doing something like that with the Dodgers. I’m
    wondering if Bay’s problems are compounded by this factor?
    • Joe Janish June 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm
      Age might absolutely have something to do with it. I distinctly remember Robin Ventura’s offensive talent dropping off the planet when he reached a certain age. In fact, it happened all the time to guys in their early- to mid-thirties — before HGH and steroids became the norm in MLB.