|1. Daniel Murphy – 2B||1. Rickie Weeks – 2B|
|2. Bobby Abreu – RF||2. Ryan Braun – RF|
|3. David Wright – 3B||3. Jonathan Lucroy – C|
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B||4. Carlos Gomez – CF|
|5. Chris Young – CF||5. Aramis Ramirez – 3B|
|6. Andrew Brown – LF||6. Khris Davis – LF|
|7. Wilmer Flores – SS||7. Mark Reynolds – 1B|
|8. Anthony Recker – C||8. Jean Segura – SS|
|9. Jon Niese – LHP||9. Kyle Lohse – RHP|
The Mets stopped a 6 game losing streak Tuesday with a win in the series opener against the Brewers. Did they start another losing streak last night? The only way to find out is to tune in at 6:10 CDT (7:10 for you right coasters). You'll be treated to the sight of yet another new lead-off hitter in Daniel Murphy, as Terry does not take the freely offered advice to try batting Murphy cleanup. Instead, TC has benched his previous leadoff hitter Ruben Tejada, with Wilmer Flores making a rare guest appearance in the lineup batting 7th and playing SS. Hopefully he was able to remove all the splinters he collected since his last start one week ago when he went 2 for 5 with a 2B, which was apparently not good enough to justify starting for another 7 days. I suppose when there are so many good hitters on the roster, it's hard to find playing time for all of them.
27 year-old Jon Niese is having his best year as a Met to date, with a 2.68 ERA in 12 starts, averaging 1.15 WHIP in 77.3 IP with 6.3 K/9. His W-L record of 3-3 is not reflective of the quality starts he has delivered.
He is opposed on the mound by 35 year-old Kyle Lohse, who is also having a solid season, with a 3.27 ERA. His W-L record of 7-2 is more reflective of the run support he has received from the Brewers, who sport a number of good RHH in one of the better lineups Jon Niese will negotiate his way through this season.