Archive: June 25th, 2011

Today’s Mets Lineup vs. Rangers

Here is the lineup the Mets will send to the plate against Rangers righthander Alexi Ogando:

Jose Reyes – SS
Willie Harris – DH
Carlos Beltran – RF
Daniel Murphy – 3B
Angel Pagan – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Josh Thole – C
Jason Pridie – LF
Ruben Tejada – 2B

Jonathon Niese will pitch for the Mets but not bat because the Mets are choosing to use a designated pinch hitter as per their option to do so when playing in the home parks of teams that play non-baseball.

As such, we will get to see Willie Harris in the designated pinch-hitter role. This should make for a more exciting game to watch because most pitchers are not very good hitters and everyone knows that more hits = more excitement.

Also, you will notice that Jason Bay is out of the lineup; this is due to a stiff neck. Additionally, Justin Turner is taking the day off because his sore thumb is bothering him.


Davey Johnson Hired – Will Wally Backman Get Called?

You may have heard that former Mets manager Davey Johnson was hired to take over the Washington Nationals. Almost immediately upon the announcement of Johnson’s hiring, I received several emails and tweets from many “Wally Backers” asking if Davey might reach out to Wally Backman to serve as the Nats bench coach. My gut tells me that Davey probably


Aryans Not Supreme After All

There is one positive factor in the Mets’ favor this weekend: both games will be played in the daytime, and Rangers superstar Josh Hamilton is hitting a whopping .122 in daytime games this season.

Why is he hitting so poorly in the daylight? Hamilton offers this explanation: