Today both Fernando Tatis and Gary Sheffield will be in the lineup with Murphy and Church sitting against the lefty.
I thought Jerry Manual said that Murphy would play against both righties and lefties.
The Mets lineup should look like this:
Tatis is in the lineup because Jerry wants him to get at bats. I understand that but Murphy and Church should play almost everyday. Righty or lefty pitching. Here is the real problem: GARY SHEFFIELD.
This season Sheffield is batting .111. He sucks. Yes he hit his 500th home run but he sucks. .111 should not be on the team or in the lineup. The Mets were perfectly fine with Church and Murphy playing everyday and Tatis getting the occasional start.
Sheffield has forced Church to rest some days and that has put him in a real slump. He was doing amazing at the beginning of the year.
Sheffield should be dumped or traded. I think some team would want him.
Today the Mets (5-5, 3rd in NL East) will host the Brewers (3-5, T-5th in NL Central) at 1:10 at Citi Field.
#7 – Jose Reyes – SS
#1 – Luis Castillo – 2B
#5 – David Wright – 3B
#21-Carlos Delgado – 1B
#15-Carlos Beltran – CF
#10-Gary Sheffield – LF
#19-Ryan Church – RF
#11-Ramon Casto – C
#57-Johan Santana – LHP
6.94 ERA 0.71 ERA
What to Look for:
- Day after Gary Sheffield hits #500.
- Luis Castillo is batting 2nd.
- If Mets can give Johan some offense.
- Gary Sheffield playing right field.
- If Ramon Castro playing day game after night game will make him injure himself.
How to Catch It:
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Español: WADO 1280 AM
On the Web:
MLB.TV and Gameday Audio
MLB Gameday and ESPN Gamecast
Today the Mets won in dramatic fashion against the Brewers at Citi Field.
W- J.J. Putz (1-0)
L – Seth McClung (0-1)
At the Plate:
- The Mets scored 3 runs in the first inning.
- Gary Sheffield hit home run number 500 in his career and was the first Mets player to ever hit their 500th career home run in a Mets uniform.
- In the 9th, Carlos Delgado leads off with a double. Then Carlos Beltran strikes out. Then Ryan Church is intentionally walked which brings up the catcher, Omir Santos, who came in when they pinch hit for Castro due to Schnieder going on the DL. Santos hits a ground ball so lightly hit that it isn’t a double play.
- Then Luis Castillo comes up and hits a infield hit to J.J. Hardy and Delgado scores.
On the Mound:
- Livan Hernandez was great the first time through the order but ran into trouble in the 5th and 6th. He gave up 4 runs through 5+.
- The bullpen didn’t give up a run after that.
- It only took J.J. Putz, 11 pitches to get through the 9th and earn the win.
I am not a big fan of Sheffield but congratulations on home run 500. I wasn’t expecting it so soon and it was very clutch Gary. Luis Castillo is starting to come back. He was doing what he should be doing in the 9th. Slap it the other way.
Player of Game:
The Player of Game goes to Gary Sheffield for being the first Mets player to reach 500 home runs as a Met.
Tomorrow the Mets will play the Brewers at 1:10.
Today the Mets (4-5, 4th in NL East) will be hosting the Milwaukee Brewers (3-6, T-Last in NL Central) at 7:10 at Citi Field.
Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ryan Church, RF
Ramon Castro, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Livan Hernandez, RHP
vs. Dave Bush, RHP
Today the Mets will play the Padres at Citi Field at 7:10. It is Jackie Robinson Night.
||S. Hairston, CF
||J. Reyes, SS
||D. Eckstein, 2B
||D. Murphy, LF
||B. Giles, RF
||D. Wright, 3B
||A. Gonzalez, 1B
||C. Delgado, 1B
||C. Headley, LF
||C. Beltran, CF
||K. Kouzmanoff, 3B
||G. Sheffield, RF
||N. Hundley, C
||B. Schneider, C
||L. Rodriguez, SS
||L. Castillo, 2B
||K. Correia, P
||O. Perez, P
4/09 vs LAD
6.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND
4/09 at CIN
4.1 IP, 8 ER
Dec = Loss
How to Catch It:
SNY and WFAN
On the Web:
MLB.TV and Gameday Audio
In today’s Daily Scouting Report, I will talk about what it would be like if Jackie Robinson was still alive.
- He would be 90.
- Most likely, Major League Baseball would not have retired his number on every team.
- Most likely, Citi Field doesn’t have a Jackie Robinson Rotunda,
- He would be harassed by the media today.
but what would have happened if he never existed.
- African Americans probably wouldn’t play in any sport which would make basketball very different.
- Hispanics might not be allowed in the MLB which would mean that:
- No Jose Reyes
- No Johan Santana
- No Franky Rodriguez
- No Carlos Delgado
- No Oliver Perez (who I still trust)
- No Livan Hernandez
- No Carlos Beltran
- No Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield has had 2 plate appearances this year. A strikeout last Thursday against the Reds and walk last Friday against the Marlins.
Sheffield is 1 home run shy of 500 so in all likelihood he will reach 500 as a Met. The question is: When will he get at bats?
Sheffield is yet to take the field for the Mets but Jerry Manual said that Sheffield should be in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Padres.
The problem is that it would mean not playing Ryan Church (.478 AVG, 2 RBIs, 6 doubles, .538 On Base Percentage) and play Gary Sheffield (0 for 1 this year, .225 AVG, 19 HR, 57 RBIs last season). It seems to me that Church has the hot hand and should continue to play especially against a right hand pitcher. (If it was a lefty pitching then it might make some sense.) If they rest Church for a day then that could put him in a slump. As much as I like Jerry, it seems that Sheff should stay on the bench. I didn’t like the move when it was made. Sheffield should have gone to extended spring training and not the Opening Day Roster.
My guess is that Sheffield will get booed tomorrow at Citi Field when he is announced and again on Wednesday when he is announced in the lineup.