Do you remember this Mets lineup?

Try to find something significant about this Mets lineup from April 13, 2009:

Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ryan Church, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Give up? That’s the last time the Mets fielded a lineup with all eight of their regular starters. It happened against the Padres in — get this — the first regular season game in the history of Citi Field. Since that time, due in large part to injuries to Beltran and Reyes, the Mets have gone more than 15 months and played 247 games without ever fielding their ideal starting nine.

Until now. The team’s incompleteness should finally change Monday, when Castillo returns from the disabled list and Reyes plays his first game of the second half. Monday, barring something unforeseen, the Mets will field a team full of first stringers (albeit a drastically different lineup than they had 247 games ago) for the first time since last April 13.

The lineup (knock on wood, Mets fans) should look something like this:

Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, RF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RHP

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

3 Comments

This still isn’t a lineup of first stringers, with no disrespect to Pagan who is having a great year. When the season was getting underway, the starting lineup had Bay in LF and Francouer in RF with Matthews Jr. in CF for Beltran.

How about this line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, RF
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Pitcher.

Then we have three switch-hitters starting the line-up. Jerry Manuel changes the batting order so many times that players don’t have the opportunity to establish themselves.

Hope the Mets win this week against Atlanta and Philly to get in a better position.

Or how about this line-up:

Jose Reyes,SS
Angel Pagan, CF
Ike Davis,1B
David Wright, 3B
Jason Bay,lF
Rod Barajas, C
Luis Castillo,2B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Pitcher

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