Angel Pagan CF
Luis Castillo 2B
David Wright 3B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Fernando Tatis LF
Daniel Murphy 1B
Omir Santos C
Angel Berroa SS
Johan Santana (11-7, 2.92 ERA) P
The one bright spot on the Mets team right now takes the mound to try to eke out a win against the Houston Astros. Johan Santana hopes to continue his dominance over the team that has only scored two earned runs against him.
The bigger question is: will the Mets offense show up to support him? They did last time against the Braves to the tune of five runs, an offensive explosion for this team right now. However, only two of those runs came in the seven innings that Santana pitched. It was the game that saved the Mets from being swept in the ATL.
The Mets have to put an embarassing series loss to the Nationals out of their minds and focus on the task at hand — supporting Santana. If they can’t do anything else in this almost-sure-to-be-lost season, they should give Santana enough offense the rest of the year to compete for the Cy Young award. Though, I wonder how many teams have had a Cy Young winner in a losing season.
Gary Sheffield and Alex Cora are still out of the lineup, allowing backups to backups to start the game. So, Castillo, don’t get ejected. Francoeur, try to catch every ball that comes to you. And all of you, stop hitting the ball into the ground unless it’s for a base hit. Is that so much to ask?