Tonight’s Mets Lineup vs. Braves

The Mets begin their starring role as spoilers in September with a three-game set against Atlanta. Here is the lineup the Mets will send to bat against Braves pitcher Derek Lowe:

Jose Reyes – SS
Angel Pagan – CF
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Nick Evans – 1B
Josh Thole – C
Ruben Tejada – 2B
Chris Capuano – P

A bit of a lineup juggle, with recently hot Ruben Tejada moving down to the #8 spot to protect Josh Thole. The Menudo member that wasn’t is hitting .320 in his last 7 games, while Pagan is at .240 over the same span. However, Pagan expertly avoided having a ball drop on his foot in centerfield yesterday, so I suppose this is some kind of a reward for that grace under pressure. As a fan, am I allowed to “fold it up”, and if so, how does one execute such a thing?


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  1. izzy September 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    Wow Terry! You accuse your team of folding it up and you can’t find one player to bench. Jerry Manuel is laughing his butt off. Looks like Terry folded it up, and the leaderless Mets have merely followed suit.
  2. gary s. September 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    You have 2 guys who need to be traded (reyes and wright, just to salvage their careers) and a semi pro team at the rest of the positions.Good lord!!!!
  3. Andy September 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    Is calling your team out for quitting before the season is over problematic when that’s how you exited your last managerial position?
    • Joe Janish September 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm
      You mean last three?