MMO Game Thread: Tigers vs Mets, 1:05 PM (SNY)

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The New York Mets will host the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie this afternoon at 1:10 PM. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is closing in on the fifth starter role, will opposes Kyle Lobstein for the Tigers. The game will be televised on SNY.

Here is the starting lineup:

  1. Eric Young Jr, 2B
  2. Chris Young, LF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, RF
  5. Josh Satin, DH
  6. Eric Campbell, 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  9. Juan Lagares, CF

Ruben Tejada gets the day off and Wilmer Flores gets his third start of the spring at shortstop. Yesterday, Terry Collins sounded like he needs to start giving Flores a lot more time at short because time is running out and he needs to get him feeling comfortable at the position just in case.

Josh Satin is crushing the competition at first base, but he’s assured of a playing against lefthanders at the very least this season, and some are saying he could be in for more playing time than that.

Travis d’Arnaud is making is making a lot of the Mets brass nervous I heard on Monday. Coaches are spending more time with him now to try and get his bat going and to remove this “wrap thing” he does that is believed to be the problem. TDA said the team made him aware of it and showed him video, but it happens subconsciously and he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it at the plate.

Eric Young Jr. leads off today and Collins as divided it pretty evenly between him and Juan Lagares. It is down to them to said Collins last Friday, and Chris Young who had been considered an option as well is now out of the picture.

Look for Collins to stop dilly-dallying with the lineups from here on in and start playing his regulars. “We’ve got Wednesday off and then we’re down to 10 days,” Collins said. “We’re going to tighten things up a little bit.”

Enjoy the game folks, and Lets Go Mets!

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