Luis Castillo 2B
Nick Evans LF
David Wright 3B
Gary Sheffield RF
Fernando Tatis 1B
Ryan Church RF
Omir Santos C
Alex Cora SS
Livan Hernandez (5-4, 4.56 ERA) P
The Mets try to string together back-to-back wins tonight for the first time in a week. It could be a tall order with Hernandez on the mound. His last outing against Philadelphia was horrible as he was roughed up for seven runs in three innings.
Let’s hope last night’s offensive outburst was a sign of things to come and not just a fluke. Sometimes for Wright, all it takes is a couple of good knocks to get him back into a hitting streak. Sheffield’s power seems to be missing lately. He’s been getting hits but nothing ringing. It’s probably caused by fatigue. The All-Star break should be just what the doctor ordered to allow Sheffield to be fresh again.
On the other side, Randy Wolf will be starting for the Dodgers. He’s pitched very well of late, only allowing three runs in 12 innings in his last two outings. Wolf hasn’t had a win since May 28, but that’s largely because of poor offensive and bullpen support. He’s allowed only four runs in his last five games.