In just a few minutes, the Mets will face off against the Rays and try to win their third game in a row. Johan Santana is on the mound, and the relatively pitcher-friendly Tropicana Field should be a nice change of scenery after he was lit up for four home runs at Yankee Stadium last week.
The Mets lineup for today is as follows:
#Mets Thursday lineup at TB: Nieuwenhuis-CF, Valdespin-DH, Wright-3B, Duda-RF, Davis-1B, Murphy-2B, Bay-LF, Thole-C, Quintanilla-SS.—
New York Mets (@Mets) June 14, 2012
Against the right-handed Jeremy Hellickson, Ike Davis gets moved up to the fifth spot in the order. Jordanny Valdespin earned another shot at batting second with his four RBI on Monday. However, with Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner getting ready to return from the disabled list, it appears Valdespin may be sent back to Buffalo some time soon.
Lineup vs NYM: Jennings LF, Pena 1B, Upton CF, Matsui DH, Zobrist 2B, Joyce RF, Rodriguez 3B, Molina C, Johnson SS, Hellickson P—
Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 14, 2012
Ben Zobrist returns to the Rays lineup to give it a little more teeth, while the lefty Matt Joyce has also been moved down in the order with the left-handed Santana starting.
The Rays starting pitcher Hellickson has been pretty fortunate so far this season with a 2.65 ERA despite a strikeout-to-walk ratio under 2:1. He’s been helped a lot by a .248 BABIP and his FIP stands at 4.74.