In a bit of self-adulation, Jose Lima is fond of saying “it’s Lima Time,” for when he takes the mound.
The inference is obvious.
With two spots open in the back end of the Mets’ rotation, this could be his last chance at cracking a major league rotation. Unless the Mets make a deal, and at this time that’s unlikely, they will try to replace Victor Zambrano from within, and that includes Lima, Jeremi Gonzalez and John Maine.
A few others might get a look-see, but none with Lima’s experience. The opportunity he’s getting now is why he signed with the Mets. Time to make the most of it.
Tonight’s order …
No surprises, Cliff Floyd back hitting in the sixth spot with Paul Lo Duca second.
SS Jose Reyes: Hitting .345 (10-29) over his last six games.
C Paul Lo Duca: Has hit in 10 of last 11 games.
CF Carlos Beltran: Has five homers and 11 RBI in last 11 games.
1B Carlos Delgado: Eight RBI in nine games.
3B David Wright: Hitting .407 (11-27) in last seven games.
LF Cliff Floyd: His on 2-for-15 slide.
2B Kaz Matsui: Riding seven-game hitting streak.
RF Endy Chavez: Has six hits in last 12 at-bats.
RP Jose Lima: Is 10-0 with 1.92 ERA lifetime in 14 games against Milwaukee.
Pre-game buzz: Brian Bannister is still on for simulation game Saturday. Manager Willie Randolph said it is undetermined as to if he’ll make a rehab start, or how many. … Second baseman Anderson Hernandez is on a rehab assignment for Class AAA Norfolk. … Randolph recalls hitting .326 as a player for Milwaukee, during a time in which serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was running loose on the Milwaukee streets. Naturally, it prompted the question had Randolph played his whole career in a city with a cannibal would he be in the Hall of Fame.
On this day, May 12, in 1986 with the Mets: Tim Teufel singled home the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta.