- The Mets have won six of seven and four straight games despite injury woes behind a sturdy bullpen and a starting rotation that has evolved from shaky to solid to borderline spectacular.
- Santos is 7 for 21 (.333) with two homers and five RBIs over his last five gamesâ€”all wins for New York. His other homer was a two-run shot in the top of the ninth to help the Mets rally for a 3-2 win at Boston on Saturday.
- Redding makes his third start this season against a team that was his nemesis last season. Pitching for the Nationals, he started six games against the Marlins, won once and lost four times. His ERA against them in only 29 innings was 7.76. He allowed six home runs. Chances are Hanley Ramirez will be back in the starting lineup Saturday — he wasn’t Friday night because of a tight groin — because he owns Redding. He has three doubles and three home runs in 13 career at-bats against the righty.
- The Mets may need more than just Putz and Rodriguez today with fifth starter Tim Redding on the mound. Redding had one of the few poor outings by a Mets starter his last time out, lasting just 4 2/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Red Sox.
- Mets starters have now lasted at least six innings in 10 of the team’s past 12 games. That includes Pelfrey’s foray into the eighth Friday and Livan Hernandez’s complete game Tuesday night against the Nationals.
- Jose Reyes tells the Daily News he’s going to test his right calf running at Citi Field on Saturday. Assuming all goes well, he’s headed to Port St. Lucie on Sunday, and expects to play in an extended spring training game Monday.
- Alex Cora offered a positive review of his first rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo and looks on track to be activated Tuesday when heâ€™s eligible.
Angel Pagan, LF
Fernando Martinez(promotion..congrats?), RF
Carlos Beltran, CF
Fernando Tatis(yes..hes batting cleanup..?), 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1b
Ramon Martinez, 2b
Brian Schneider(welcome back..kinda..sorta), C
Wilson Valdez(1st start), SS
Tim Redding, P
- Johnson took a no-decision in his most recent start Sunday against the Rays after being removed while in position to win. He allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out seven. Johnson threw a complete game against the Mets on April 12 in Miami and started in the Marlins’ victory at Citi Field 17 days later. Johnson has held the Mets’ biggest stars in check over his career. Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran are all batting .250 or lower with no home runs against him.
- Johnson has allowed just three earned runs in two starts against the Mets this season — both Marlins’ victories. The Marlins hope Josh Johnson can continue his dominance of the Mets, against whom he is 5-0 with a 1.97 ERA in seven career starts. This will be the first time this season he is NOT matched up with Johan Santana.
- The right-hander did not get a decision versus New York on April 29 after allowing three runs and nine hits in six innings of Floridaâ€™s 4-3 win. That came after beating the Mets with a five-hitter in a 2-1 victory April 12.
- Johnson battled through a callus on the middle finger of his right hand on Sunday, giving up three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 5-4, 11-inning win over Tampa Bay.
Chris Coghlan, LF
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Jorge Cantu, 1b
Jeremy Hermida, RF
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, CF
Ronnie Paulino, C
Josh Johnson, P
geez…the marlins are playing a all hands on deck lineup compared to ours….hope for the best ladies and gents..LGM!
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