Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Santana Faces Strasburg: Mets Matinee Lineup V. Nationals - April 10, 2012

The Mets have short res, t after last night's disappointing loss to the Nationals. The Mets have an afternoon matinee where they will see highly hyped Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.

The Mets will send Johan Santana to the mound searching for his first win of 2012. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will once again get the start in CF, and Josh Thole will return behind the dish. Ronny Cedeno will once again play 3B for David Wright who fractured a digit in his pinky in Monday night's game. Wright's injury hurts the Mets at this point. Wright has been wielding a hot bat, and has had key hits in RBI situations thus far this season.

Former Mets manager Davey Johnson has said that his young righthander, Strasburg, reminds him of Dwight Gooden. I don't see it. Gooden was Rookie of The Year in 1984 (19 years old) and a Cy Young winner in 1985 (20 years old). Strasburg's short career has been mired in hype and trips to the DL. Here's hoping Johan can school the young Nats pitcher.
Today's Mets afternoon lineup:

1. Tejada – SS
2. Murphy – 2B
3. Duda – RF
4. Davis – 1B
5. Bay – LF
6. Thole – C
7. Nieuwenhuis – CF
8. Cedeno – 3B
9. Santana - LSP

Source: Adam Rubin

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