Following their series loss to visiting San Diego, who was expected at season’s beginning to finish the season with triple digits in the loss column, the Mets will try again when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town for a three-game series beginning tonight.
Livan Hernandez will make the start for the Mets in the opener, facing Dave Bush, who pitched very effectively in his first start, a no decision against the Cubs. Hernandez came out firing on all cylinders after winning the fifth starter job out of Spring Training, holding the hot Marlins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings during his first start in Miami. This was better than any of the Mets’ previous starters up to that point in the season, a pretty sad statistic.
If Hernandez can hold the Brewers off and give the Mets the victory in the opener, it sets the table for the ace Johan Santana in game two. Santana, coming off a brilliant start where he received no run support whatsoever, returned to the team after taking a few days away as his wife gave birth to their newborn son, Johan Jr.
Willie Randolph will be returning to the team he was fired from as manager last summer, merely three months into the season. Randolph, who is serving as bench coach for Milwaukee basically took the job to stay involved in baseball until he finds another job as manager. He obviously did not take the job for the money, as the Mets are still paying him for this season that he was under contract for.
Second series of CitiField, should be fun to watch. First pitch – 7:10 p.m.