Opening Day Lineup

Here is today’s Opening Day lineup against San Diego Padres starter Edinson Volquez, per Adam Rubin at ESPN-NY (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke):

Collin Cowgill, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jonathon Niese, p

And here is the Padres lineup, also per Rubin:

Chris Denorfia, rf
Everth Cabrera, ss
Carlos Quentin, lf
Yonder Alonso, 1b
Jedd Gyorko, 2b
Nick Hundley, c
Cody Ransom, 3b
Cameron Maybin, cf
Edinson Volquez, p

Wow. I thought the Mets lineup looked awful, until I saw San Diego’s posted. Chris Denorfia leading off? Cody Ransom? Ouch. Let’s chalk it up to good luck that the Mets face the Padres without Chase Headley, as his absence is similar to, well, if the Mets were without David Wright.

Speaking of Wright, the Mets lineup looks kind of shaky before getting to Wright, and looks really shaky after Ike Davis. Oh, wait, that’s pretty much the entire lineup. Though, as long as Wright and Davis play in all 162 games, the Mets shouldn’t look any worse than a AAA team. Fingers crossed.

Oh jeez I’m being pessimistic on Opening Day … sorry. What I meant to say was, wow! the Mets lineup looks awesome! Lucas Duda batting all the way down in the six hole? You know a lineup’s deep when a potential 35-40-HR guy is that far down. And last year’s leadoff guy is batting 8th! Not to mention, one of the team’s best hitters in the spring — Jordany Valdespin — isn’t even starting! You KNOW you’ve got a crazy-good offense when a dynamic talent like ‘spin is relegated to pinch-hitting duty! This is looking like a 900-run club!

Game time is 1:10 p.m. — hope you set the DVR.

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