Kevin Devaney here, filling in for John Delcos.
Jose Reyes, SS
Endy Chavez, RF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Damion Easley, 2B
Ramon Castro, C
Johan Santana, P
Mets are facing Kyle Lohse, who is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against them. Lohse beat the Mets earlier this season, allowing a run (not earned) in seven innings with four strike outs in a 7-1 win. That was on June 30.
Not much to report today in the pregame session with Jerry Manuel.
– Pedro Martinez is tentatively slated to start Friday in Houston. But that’s up in the air. Manuel said Pedro will “hopefully probably” start. He also said Pedro would need to pitch a little in a minor league game, either Tuesday or Wednesday, to be ready to throw 75-80 pitches on Friday.
– Ryan Church will travel with the team to Florida tonight. But Manuel doesn’t expect Church will play a game during the six-game road trip. He’ll have a light workout today at Shea. Once in Florida, he’ll likely stay down there and work out in Port St. Lucie. He could play a minor league game, as Manuel said: “On Tuesday… or Wednesday… or Thursday.” With Church at this point, always assume the latest.
– Brandon Knight was designated for assignment after his efforts last night. The Mets promoted RHP Willie Collazo. Take this for what it’s worth, but Manuel said they would have probably kept Knight on the roster had they not emptied the bullpen last night. Collazo is just an arm they need.
– Billy Wagner is expected to be available today. Not Aaron Heilman.
Check back for updates throughout the game. Beautiful day, as of right now, after a rainy morning. Tarp is off and we’ll start on time.