Absolutely cannot have a letdown in this series. 2 out of 3 is required....minimum.
I understand that it's small sample size and he could well turn into a pumpkin once exposed for an extended period, but I can't see any logic to sitting Billy Hamilton at this stage in the game.
For those who care, here's the Mets lineup.
Duda 1B (or as I call him, Camptown Races ;) )
They cannot let up. The Mets are playing good baseball right now. They have 7 of 10. They have brought up a lot of young guys and they aren't just going through the motions. Also David Wright just got off the DL. I expect some tight games the next three days.
This would appear to be Dusty's # 1 lineup to close out this season, and for the playoffs.
He has moved Bruce back down to 5th for the 4th straight game, despite playing well while hitting 4th.
Also, if the playoff rotation would feature Latos/Bailey/Cueto/Arroyo, as it seems the Reds have it set up for, then Hanigan is the bulk catcher, getting 3 of those 4.
Not arguing or complaining really, just pointing those trends out to see if someone sees things differently.
Here’s an interesting tidbit — it would take a lot to happen, but headed into the last week of the season, the Reds still have a chance at not only the division, but also the National League’s best record.
Atlanta has 92 wins, St. Louis 91 and Los Angeles 90. The Reds have 89. It shows that there’s no runaway best team in the NL this year.
Just looked it up and this is the exact same lineup as Opening Day. Feels weird to think that the last time we saw this lineup was nearly 6 months ago...
BTW, I'm with the crowd of desiring nothing short of six wins to close out the regular season. I understand that we'll still be in the play-offs, but I'm not satisfied with just making the play-offs. I very much would like the division crown. I'll be happy playing as a wild card, but not as happy as I'd be being the division champs.
Agree that this series could be competitive. Mets are a .500 team away from Citifield. Play much worse at home.
Reds just have to put blinders on and win as many as they can. Home is the place to do it.