The Mets begin the last series of their homestand at Shea, and this series is against the Dodgers.
SS Jose Reyes
2B Ruben Gotay
3B David Wright
CF Carlos Beltran
LF Moises Alou
1B Carlos Delgado
RF Lastings Milledge
C Mike DiFelice
LHP Oliver Perez
The news is that Luis Castillo hurt his right knee while running the bases in last night’s loss to San Diego. Ruben Gotay, who is the backup second baseman and probably one of the hottest pinch-hitters in the games right now, will get the start in place of him.
In other news, first baseman Carlos Delgado has been dropped to sixth in the order. He has been hitting horribly ever since leaving the game last week due to his leg hurting from when he reached over the fence to catch a ball on the first base side of Shea Stadium.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
Pitching Matchup: Oliver Perez (11-8, 3.52) vs. Brad Penny (14-3, 2.59)
Perez, as usual, has been off and on this season. In his shaky starts, he can have six scoreless innings and everything falls apart in the seventh before a reliever can even get warmed up. We’ll see how he does here.