The Opening Day lineup, minus Jason Bay
Jason Bay’s expected DL stint will introduce several unexpected wrinkles into the Mets’ Opening Day lineup. A team official said Wednesday that rather than start rookie Lucas Duda against Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson on Friday night, the Mets will play Willie Harris in left field (Harris, a lefty, is 4-for-15 lifetime off Johnson with seven walks and a home run). The Mets do, however, plan to start Duda regularly in left field, beginning Saturday and Sunday against two more Marlins right-handers.
Bay’s absence also weakens the back end of the lineup. To that end, manager Terry Collins said he will likely drop Angel Pagan down in the lineup, inserting Josh Thole into the two hole. The philosophy is that Pagan’s presence should help protect Harris and Brad Emaus at the bottom of the lineup.
Expect, in other words, an Opening Day lineup that looks something like this:
SS Jose Reyes
C Josh Thole
3B David Wright
RF Carlos Beltran
1B Ike Davis
CF Angel Pagan
2B Brad Emaus
LF Willie Harris
RHP Mike Pelfrey
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