It's another 3:10 p.m. start today as the networks load up on their Mets coverage in the first few weeks of the season. But if the team keeps rolling, it should be a continuing trend with plenty of TBDs listed on the schedule for later in the year, especially against the Phillies.
Anyway, here's a few notes from earlier today, followed by the lineup:
-- Jeff Francouer convinced Jerry Manuel to start him today after getting removed from Friday's game in the seventh inning. Francoeur was drilled on the left elbow by a pitch from Danys Baez, and both he and Manuel figured he'd be better off getting a jump on treatment during the late innings of the Mets' eventual 9-1 victory.
So Francoeur stayed late Friday to get an extra 90 minutes of ice and electric stim to aid in the healing process, then called Manuel that night to tell him he's ready to go.
"If a guy feels that way about it, you want him in the lineup," Manuel said.
The manager did say Friday night that it was his "policy" to sit a player the following game after he leaves with an injury. Francoeur's reponse? "Screw the policy." He then added, "We're playing well and winning and I want to be a part of it."
-- Manuel chose to give Luis Castillo a rest and start Alex Cora, who also will be singing the lineup before today's game on FOX. Not sure how that's going to go. When Manuel was asked about it, he looked up from his desk and said, "Singing?" Exactly.
-- Manuel denied that Henry Blanco is officially Mike Pelfrey's "personal catcher." But it's working right now, and with a day game after night game, it's a natural break for Rod Barajas, despite his two-homer, three-RBI game on Friday.
"As early as it is, I think right now [Blanco] is important to Pelfrey," Manuel said. "I will say this though: If we played two night games in a row, I probably would have stayed with Rod."
Pagan - cf
Cora - 2b
Reyes - ss
Bay - lf
Wright - 3b
Davis - 1b
Francoeur - rf
Blanco - c
Pelfrey - sp