Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Cardinals

Here is the lineup the Mets will send to bat against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse:

Jose Reyes – SS
Justin Turner – 2B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Dan Murphy – 3B
Angel Pagan – CF
Jason Bay – LF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Ronny Paulino – C
Dillon Gee – RHP

Hey, look who’s leading off! Also great to see Carlos Beltran back in the cleanup spot. In case you were wondering, in 46 career plate appearances against Lohse, Beltran is hitting .541 with 4 HR, 12 RBI, and a 1.590 OPS. Also of note – Paulino behind the plate against the righthander. Paulino is 3-for-7 (.429) lifetime against Lohse.

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  1. NormE July 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    When did they move the clean-up spot to the three hole?
    • Joe Janish July 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm
      This is the METS lineup, not a conventional one. Wherever Beltran hits IS the cleanup spot.

      Unless you consider Murphy a “cleanup hitter”(?).

      • NormE July 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm
        Great point! Will he still be their cleanup hitter after the trade?