Tonight’s #Mets lineup: Tejada 6. Murphy 4, Wright 5, Duda DH, Buck 2, Ankiel 8, Byrd 9, Davis 3, Baxter 7. Hefner on the mound.—
Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 29, 2013
Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff again, despite reports that he is just as close as Ike Dave to being sent down to Triple-A. Andy Martino of the Daily News uses Omar Quintanilla’s success in Las Vegas this season as a reason to bring him up in place of Tejada, but he neglects to mention how easy it is to put up sexy numbers in the Pacific Coast League. Quintanilla has never hit well enough to stick at the major league level; not even when he played for Colorado. That’s why Quintanilla’s Las Vegas performance should not factor into the decision on what to do with Tejada.
The other Mets player on the hot seat, Davis, is batting eighth for the second night in a row. Last night, he finally hit a grounded out after striking out five times in a row.
#Yankees lineup vs NYM: Gardner CF, Cano 2B, Hafner DH, Overbay 1B, Boesch RF, Ichiro LF, Nix 3B, Brignac SS, Stewart C, Phelps P—
New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 29, 2013
The Yankees get a big boost tonight because they get to put Travis Hafner back into the lineup after two games in Queens without the DH. However, Girardi may have shorthanded his lineup by giving David Adams a day off of third base. Adams has been a pleasant surprise for the Yankees since being called up from Triple-A a couple of weeks ago. Jayson Nix will start in his place.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have some injured stars getting closer to returning to the major league lineup. Both Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira played in a rehab game in Trenton today. Neither guy picked up a hit, but the point is that they are on the field and one step closer to replacing Lyle Overbay’s .295 OBP. Both players are expected to be back in the majors by Friday.