Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dickey Needs To Be The Stopper: Mets Lineup Vs. Nationals - July 19, 2012

The Mets take the field this afternoon to try and avoid their second straight sweep, seventh consecutive loss, and a winless road trip.

TC could send no better man to the mound than today's starter RA Dickey. Dickey (12-1) is coming off a couple of rough outings, and he, like the Mets need to Wright right his ship.

Coming off a cluster of lousy losses, it has been difficult to watch. All that being said, this team is still interesting and fun to watch. We need look no further than Tuesday night's game where Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch hit 3 run shot to put the Mets ahead...only to have Bobby Parnell and then Hulk Hogan Byrdak blow the win in back-to-back innings before eventually losing on Beato's wild pitch.

Speaking of that wild pitch, I was screaming at the TV during the game. Thole is slow behind the plate, so with two strikes and the winning run on third, throwing two breaking pitches in the dirt. Personally I would have wasted a fastball in or, to quote Mex, "throw him the high cheddar." Instead, with a defensively challenged catcher, they throw pitches down in the dirt. Sorry, I don't do that unless I have a much better defensive catcher behind the dish (please not Ramon Hernandez) whom I know can block the ball. Could Thole have stopped the pitch? Yes, but it wasn't an easy play. More importantly the Mets need to fully comprehend Thole's deficiencies behind the plate..

Back to the present:

This afternoons' Mets lineup:

1.  Ruben Tejada - SS
2.  Andres Torres - CF
3.  David Wright - 3B
4.  Scott Hairston - RF
5.  Jason Bay - LF
6.  Ike Davis - 1B
7.  Justin Turner - 2B
8.  Josh Thole - C
9.  R.A. Dickey - RSP

Source: Adam Rubin (Lineup)

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