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New York Mets II: Drop It While It’s Hot

Posted By Cliff Corcoran On June 26, 2009 @ 5:50 pm In Cliff Corcoran,Game Thread,Series Preview | Comments Disabled

The Yankees were lucky to take two of three from the Mets two weekends ago. Literally. Only Luis Castillo dropping a pop up in the first game—one of the flukiest plays I’ve ever seen giving the fact that it turned the last out of a Mets win into the last play of a Yankee win in the course of the ball falling six feet to the ground—prevented the Mets from winning that series.

Since then, the Mets have gone 5-5 and added Carlos Beltran to their list of key players on the DL (along with Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, John Maine, Oliver Perez and J.J. Putz). That means more major league exposure for 20-year-old top prospect Fernando Martinez, who enters the series on an 0-for-14 bender and is hitting .167 on the season. It ain’t pretty, but it should make Mets fans appreciate the .336/.425/.527 line Beltran put up before hitting the DL.

Tonight the Mets send 25-year-old sophomore groundballer Mike Pelfrey to the hill tonight. Pelfrey had a great run of seven starts from late April through the end of May in which he posted a 2.96 ERA while the Mets went 6-1, but he’s been unimpressive since, even tossing out his stinker against the Pirates on June 4.

The Yankees counter with CC Sabathai, who left his last start in the second inning with discomfort in his left bicep, but has reported no further problems since. The injury interrupted a streak of eight-straight games in which he completed seven innings. Sabathia was 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA over that stretch. The Yankees noticed Sabathia was hurting his last time out because he wasn’t finishing his pitches and was leaving everything up. Look out for that in the early going today.

Melky Cabrera, who missed yesterday’s game with the flu, is in right field tonight as Nick Swisher takes a seat. Brett Gardner, who has hit .342/.432/.513 since May 13, seems to be winning the center field job back. Francisco Cervelli, who hit his first major league homer on Wednesday night, will catch Sabathia for the seventh time this season.

New York Mets

2009 Record: 37-34 (.521)
2009 Pythagorean Record: 36-35 (.507)

Manager: Jerry Manuel
General Manager: Omar Minaya

Home Ballpark (Park Factors): CitiField (100/99)

Who’s Replacing Whom:

  • Nick Evans (minors) replaces Carlos Beltran (DL)
  • Argenis Reyes (minors) replaces Wilson Valdez
  • Patrick Misch (minors) and Elmer Dessens (minors) replace Ken Takahashi (minors) and Jon Switzer

25-man Roster:

1B – Dan Murphy (L)
2B – Luis Castilla (S)
SS – Alex Cora (L)
3B – David Wright (R)
C – Omir Santos (R)
RF – Ryan Church (L)
CF – Fernando Martinez (L)
LF – Fernando Tatis (R)


R – Nick Evans (1B)
R – Gary Sheffield (OF)
L – Brian Schneider (C)
L – Jeremy Reed (OF)
S – Argenis Reyes (IF)


L – Johan Santana
R – Mike Pelfrey
R – Tim Redding
R – Livan Hernandez
R – Fernando Nieve


R – Francisco Rodriguez
L – Pedro Feliciano
R – Robert Parnell
R – Sean Green
R – Brian Stokes
L – Patrick Misch
R – Elmer Dessens

15-day DL:

CF – Carlos Beltran (bone bruise in knee)
SS – Jose Reyes (hamstring)
OF – Angel Pagan (groin)
IF – Ramon Martinez (dislocated finger)
RHP – John Maine (shoulder fatigue)
LHP – Oliver Perez (patellar tendonitis)
RHP – J.J. Putz (bone spur in elbow)

60-day DL:

1B – Carlos Delgado (torn hip labrum)
LHP – Billy Wagner (TJ)

Typical Lineup:

L – Alex Cora (SS)
L – Dan Murphy (1B)
R – David Wright (3B)
R – Fernando Tatis (LF)
L – Ryan Church (RF)
R – Omir Santos (C)
L – Fernando Martinez (LF)
S – Luis Castillo (2B)

Notes: Nick Evans has temporarily supplanted Dan Murphy at first-base, while Brian Schneider and Omir Santos continue to split the catching duties.

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