The blistering hot Mets, 2-0 in their last two games, travel down the turnpike to take on their arch rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets appear desperate in starting Lucas Duda in LF. Not that Jason Bay has been having a Hall Of Fame caliber year, but at least he can play LF. Duda on the other hand is reminiscent of one Dave Kingman; trying to get the big guy in the lineup any way you can.
After being sent down to Buffalo a couple of months ago, Duda did not impress. He hit a paltry .260 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in 96 AB's. His OBP was a mere .327. All this from a guy who was with the parent club the second half of '11 and the first half of this year. The Mets have moved him from 1B to RF, to now LF. Learning at the pro level is a recipe for disaster, and the Mets have cooked up that recipe a multitude of times over the years. Remember Juan Samuel? Howard Johnson? Keith Miller? Mike Piazza? Todd Hundley? Just to name a few...
Daniel Murphy who had an MRI on his sore right shoulder after being removed from Sunday's game is in tonight's lineup. Murph's MRI was negative and he says he is feeling better.
The Mets need to make some noise against the Cheese Steaks. They have been worse than the Bad News Bears since the All Star Break. There is a less than zero chance this team will make the play-offs, but to finish the last month strong might bode well going into 2013; as long as the Mets don't believe they are only a player away from making a run at the East Division crown.
Tonight's Mets lineup:
Ruben Tejada - SS
Murphy - 2B
David Wright - 3B
Ike Davis - 1B
Lucas Duda - LF
Kelly Shoppach - C
Mike Baxter - RF
Andres Torres - CF
Chris Young - RSP
Sources: Baseball Reference, Adam Rubin