Here's a couple of pregame notes before tonight's Mets-Rockies tilt at Coors Field:
-- With the club's rotation issues, Jerry Manuel said they have internally discussed sending down Jenrry Mejia to get stretched out as a possible replacement starter. The Mets have decided not to go that route at the moment, but may revisit it soon if John Maine continues to struggle again on Sunday.
-- Speaking of Maine, he had a closed-door, 40-minute meeting with Manuel in the manager's office this afternoon to clear the air about his first two starts. Maine told Manuel that he is physically fine -- something Manuel said he needed to hear -- but the manager did not say whether or not this would be Maine's last chance to save his job. It sure looks that way though.
-- Maine says he will ditch the new mechanics he worked on during spring training and try to go back to the delivery that made him successful over the past few years. That also includes focusing more on his fastball and less on his slider and changeup. It sounds like a radical makeover to get done before Sunday's start, but Maine is "frustrated" and "mad" with what's been happening this season.
-- Jose Reyes is expected to bat third at some point during this weekend's series in St. Louis. Manuel spoke to him this afternoon about the move to plant the seed in his head and the manager clearly believes that's what his slumping offense needs.
Here's the lineup:
Reyes - ss
Castillo - 2b
Wright - 3b
Bay - lf
Jacobs - 1b
Francoeur - rf
Barajas - c
Pagan - cf
Niese - sp