Ok, we’re just back up from the clubhouse. Jerry Manuel is sitting Luis Castillo in favor of Argenis Reyes for two reasons, to give him a break from the fans’ hostility and because he’s struggling. Castillo just admitted that the fans are getting to him when he’s up at the plate.
“I know how it is here,” Castillo said. “The fans want you to do well. I know about that. I try to do too much. I put too much pressure on myself. I need to be relaxed and enjoy the game. I have to play relaxed. Sometimes when you go to the plate, youâ€™re thinking about the fans and whatâ€™s happening. I need to clean my mind.â€
Manuel said he’ll see how Reyes looks and then decide if it’s more than a one-game thing.
Omar Minaya had a pregame meeting to decide whether to activate John Maine, and the decision was made that he was ready. He threw before the game on flat ground and felt good. Minaya said they would most likely need to see him pitch out of the pen over these final games to determine whether to put him on a potential playoff roster as a reliever.
Saturday’s starter is still up in the air. Manuel mentioned Jon Niese, Nelson Figueroa and Brandon Knight. You would think Knight would be the favorite. Manuel left the door open a crack for Johan Santana on three days’ rest, yet said he probably wouldn’t want to push him, especially after he threw 125 pitches last night. But if tomorrow night’s series finale gets rained out, it would solve the need for a spot starter. The forecast is bad, but Minaya said there was no thought yet about trying to move up the game time. The forecast isn’t great for Friday and Saturday, either.
Also, the original lineup posted in the Mets’ clubhouse was wrong. Carlos Delgado is hitting fourth and Carlos Beltran is fifth.