Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Cardinals

Here is the lineup the Mets will send to the plate against Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan:

Jose Reyes – SS
Justin Turner – 2B
Carlos Beltran – RF
Daniel Murphy – 3B
Angel Pagan – CF
Jason Bay – LF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Josh Thole – C
R.A. Dickey – P

I know I keep saying this, but I’m feeling good about Duda. There’s something about seeing him up at the plate, with that big body and long swing, that makes you think he’s going to wallop a few — right? Mets hitters don’t have much of a history against McClellan, which could give the young pitcher an advantage. Carlos Beltran is the only starter who has a base hit against McClellan, and Willie Harris (2-for-4 with a HR) is the only other player on the roster who has hit safely against the righthander.


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