I’ve had better feelings about the ballclub than today.
Victor Zambrano goes for the Mets, his first start of the season. He faces Livan Hernandez, so be wary of the hot streak continuing.
Zambrano hasn’t pitched since March 31, when he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings against St. Louis before his left hamstring tightened. Most starting pitchers like to get around 30 innings in spring training. In working out of the bullpen for Venezuela in the WBC, Zambrano threw only 13 2/3 innings.
Manager Willie Randolph liked Zambrano’s fluidity in his delivery early in camp, but that was before he left for the WBC. With the Mets and WBC combined, Zambrano gave up eight runs on 16 hits and six walks. I don’t know how fluidity translates into that, but those aren’t good numbers.
Nobody knows what to expect from Zambrano, while Hernandez and the Nationals are due.
Today’s lineup …
Day game after a night game means time to give some of the other guys a chance to play. Chris Woodward is in for Anderson Hernandez at second and Ramon Castro for Paul Lo Duca behind the plate.
SS Jose Reyes
2B Chris Woodward
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
C Ramon Castro
RHP Victor Zambrano