Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Padres
Here is the lineup the Mets will send to bat against Padres pitcher Wade LeBlanc:
Lucas Duda gets the start at 1B and in the cleanup spot because lefties are hitting .524 against LeBlanc — plus, Duda had the big hit yesterday so he deserves it. But that doesn’t explain why Scott Hairston is in RF instead of Jason Pridie or Mike Baxter. Nick Evans is still on the team, right? I wonder if he’d be starting if he hit lefthanded instead of righthanded? Though, Willie Harris is on the bench, so maybe not. BTW, that .524 mark is based on a small sample size — only 21 plate appearances — but in LeBlanc’s MLB career lefties have hit .318 with a .907 OPS against him.