Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mets Score Runs But Not Enough, Try To Avoid Sweep at 4:05: Line Up

Last night the Mets weren't shut out, but they still took an 8-4 loss to the Giants (box score/wrap). 

To me the thing to take from last night's game is that Takahashi just isn't cutting it anymore as a starter.  He has been a big piece of the puzzle for the Mets this year, and they probably wouldn't be where they are without him...BUT...he's getting hit now.  He needs to be moved back to the bullpen where he can continue to help the team, but the team cannot rely on him to start every fifth day.  They cannot continue on with him in the rotation and expect to keep winning at the rate they'll need to in order to keep up with the Braves and Phillies.

That being said, they need to avoid the sweep today, because they've been VERY lucky this weekend to only lose one game in standings and I don't know how much more help the Brewers and Cubs can provide the Mets this weekend.

The good news is that Johan Santana's last few starts have been amazing, and he's starting today for the Mets against Jonathon Sanchez.  Beltran will get the day off as expected, and Turner will get the start at 2B, with Tejada at short.  Here's the rest of the line up for today's game courtesy of Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger twitter account:

Pagan CF
Turner 2B
Wright 3B
Bay LF
Davis 1B
Francoeur RF 
Hank White C 
Tejada SS
Santana P

Let's Go Mets.

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