Here is the lineup the Mets will send to the plate against Marlins pitcher Brad Hand:
Hey look – Mike Nickeas gets his first start since … was it April? Good to see him back; a decent “catch-and-throw” backstop who seems to do a nice job of calling a game and handling pitchers — which are the catcher’s two main priorities and unfortunately are difficult to measure. Also note that Babe Hairston is in the cleanup spot and Lucas Duda playing 1B. Glad to see Duda getting the start against the lefthander — he needs the experience.
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