Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nieuwenhuis Makes Major League Debut: Mets Lineup V. Braves April 7, 2012

Today in Flushing Kirk Nieuenhaus will make his Major League debut playing CF with the Mets. Nieuwenhuis has been described by Mets manager Terry Collins as being like Jim Edmunds in his aggressive approach to playing CF.

Nieuwenhuis will wear Gregg Jefferies old #9 and bat 8th. The stellar hitting Ruben Tejada will be moved to the lead-off spot.

RA Dickey will get his first start of 2012 as he opposes Jair Jurrjens, who has had the Mets number in his relatively short career.

In other news, the Mets are planning on an 11:30 press conference to announce the contract extension of Jon Niese. Niese will sign a 5 year $25.5M that will wrap him up through his arbitration years. This seems like a good signing for the Mets.

Today's Mets line-up (1:10 SNY):

1. Tejada-SS
2. Murphy-2B
3. Wright-3B
4. Davis-1B
5. Bay-LF
6. Duda-RF
7. Thole-C
8. Nieuwenhuis-CF
9. Dickey-RHP.

Sources: Adam Rubin, Dave Lennon, Baseball Reference

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