Mets(courtesy of mlb.com)
Jeff Francoeur is rolling, continuing where he left off in last year’s half-season run with the Mets. Francoeur homered twice on Friday night, giving him 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 79 games wearing a Mets uniform. That’s the kind of production the former first-round draftee flashed with the Braves during his rookie explosion in 2005, and all too rarely after that.
The Mets gave Francoeur a change of scenery last year, when they sent Ryan Church to Atlanta in exchange for his services. Francoeur has served as protection for Bay this season, and he may see even more pitches to hit as the offense gets more diversified. With Reyes back, the Mets can only hope that Francoeur will hit with even more runners aboard.
Reyes, SS (feels so good to write that again)
Nationals(courtesy of mlb.com)
“The Mets have another power bat in the middle with Jason Bay,” said Lannan of his opponent. “Rod Barajas adds depth as well. The Mets have power. The balance is more even — more up front and power in the middle. It’s a tough lineup.”
Lannan has started each of the last two Opening Days for the Nationals, but he’s yet to put his best foot forward. Lannan got knocked out after just three innings last season against Florida, and he made it into the fourth before stumbling on Monday against the Phillies. Lannan hopes to learn from those experiences, though, and to use them as fuel going forward.
“A lot of emotions were going that day,” Lannan said of Opening Day. “It was a tough one. It has happened before. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again. Hopefully, it gets spaced out with good starts. I’ll take some good, learn from the bad and I move on.”