Starting Lineup, Game Preview: Braves vs Mets – Bay Benched Again

One day after being moved down from cleanup spot to sixth in batting order, Jason Bay will be riding the pine for the second time in five games. He will be replaced in left field by Jason Pridie. With an 0-for-4 Saturday night, Bay’s average is down to .216 and he is hitless in his past 17 at-bats.

Starting Lineup

1. Jose Reyes – SS
2. Justin Turner – 3B
3. Carlos Beltran – RF
4. Daniel Murphy – 1B
5. Angel Pagan – CF
6. Ronny Paulino – C
7. Jason Pridie – LF
8. Ruben Tejada – 2B
9. R.A. Dickey – SP

Game Preview

The Mets and the Braves play the rubber game of their set tonight in front of the nation on ESPN. Friday night’s game featured the Mets bullpen fluttering leading to a loss. Yesterday’s game was awesome as the Mets rode a great start from Dillon Gee, a seventh inning offense rally and a strong pen performance for a win. Tonight R.A. Dickey of the Mets and Tim Hudson of the Braves.

Dickey is 2-6 on the season with a 4.36 ERA. He had a strong outing last time out but the pen crumbled around him erasing his 7.2 innings of work where he allowed 3 earned runs, in his last three outings he has pitched 16.1 innings (remember, one start was 2.2 innings), with an ERA of 2.20. His only outing against the Braves this year was an relief outing where he had a scoreless inning of work. In 2010 he had a 4.34 ERA over 18.2 innings against the Braves. The Braves have the following numbers on Robert Allen:

Hinske 2-16
Uggla 0-10
McCann 1-7
Prado 0-8

The Mets will get a go against Tim Hudson tonight who is 4-4 this season with a 3.75 ERA. His last start was good as he logged 6.0 innings allowing 1 ER, which was a good rebound from his previous start where he allowed 8 earned runs over 3.2 innings. Last season he was 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA against the Mets in 4 starts. The Mets have the following numbers on Tim:

Beltran 25-70, 3 2B, 3B, 4 HR
Reyes 16-60, 2 2B, 2 HR
Bay 5-15, 2B, HR
Pagan 8-15, 2B

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!