April 10th, 2012
by Andrew Rizzi

Things could not have started better for the 2012 Mets.

The Mets have won by shutout, they have won by hitting the long ball, they have scored runs in bunches, flirted with a no-hitter, and have come back from a three-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion in the 9th inning. Add it all up and the Amazins are one more victory shy of tying their best ever start to a season (1985, 5-0).

Still, there is one thing this surprising team of home grown talent has not yet done, and that is win with yours truly in the building. That can all change tonight, as I am heading to Citi Field after work for my first Mets game of 2012.

After a stellar 12-3 record in the opening season of Citi Field, I followed it up with a solid 7-3 in 2010. But last year everything went to hell, as I only made it to 6 games and the Metsies lost 5 of them. Heading into this year I have an overall record of 20-12 at Citi Field- not bad considering the Mets have been a sub-.500 all three years they have played there.

Dillon Gee takes the bump for the first time in 2012, and I am very excited to see what the bearded man has in store for us. I have been a big fan of Gee ever since the end of 2010, when he burst onto the scene as a September call up to the tune of a 2.18 ERA. Then he looked like a Cy Youg candidate early on in 2011, winning his first 7 decisions of the season through June 10. But Gee finally hit a few road bumps down the stretch, going 6-6 to end the year and raising his ERA nearly a full run and a half. All that said though, Gee’s overall numbers looked very good considering it was his first full year as a Major League pitcher (13-6, 4.43 ERA, 1.37 WHIP).

Now Gee enters 2012 as the Mets 5th starter, so the pressure should not be too intense. And yet, some scouts seem to think Dillon has a very high ceiling and could be in for a big year. I have seen enough of him to know that he could live up to lofty expectations- when he is on he commands all his pitches better than anyone on the staff except for Johan Santana. Tonight Dillon Gee begins his year, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Terry Collins has remained true to his word, giving Ike Davis a rest tonight. It has nothing to do with his 0-15 start, it’s just a precautionary day off after his scare with Valley Fever in the exhibition season. Don’t be surprised to see Ike pinch hit with the game on the line. It would be a nice time for his first hit of the year. With Davis out, Justin Turner will play first base and everyone gets bumped up in the lineup.

Also, just recently released, David Wright will not start tonight, as he apparently hurt his finger sliding back into first last night. I am praying this is not a major issue. Ronny Cedeno gets the start at third in Wright’s place, hopefully just for tonight. Although tweets are circulating that Wright fears his finger is broken. (sad face)…

I don’t quite understand why Bay is hitting cleanup. First of all, he stinks. But just as importantly, having Duda hit cleanup would diversify the lineup in terms of lefty-righty matchups and make things difficult for Davey Johnson’s bullpen management. I love Jason Bay’s effort, heart, and work ethic. But he just can’t hit and there is no need to bat him fourth. Duda should hit cleanup, and Bay should remain in the five-hole.

Here are the lineups for tonight. Here’s to a win with me in the stands. Here’s to the streak continuing. Here’s to 5-0. Let’s Go Mets!

Nationals:

1- Ian Desmond, ss

2- Stephen Lombardozzi, 2b

3- Ryan Zimmerman, 3b

4- Adam LaRoche, 1b

5- Jayson Werth, lf

6- Xavier Nady, rf

7- Roger Bernadina, cf

8- Wilson Ramos, c

9- Ross Detwiler, p

Mets:

1- Ruben Tejada, ss

2- Ronny Cedeno, 3b

3- Daniel Murphy, 2b

4- Jason Bay, lf

5- Lucas Duda, rf

6- Justin Turner, 1b

7- Scott Hairston, cf

8- Mike Nickeas, c

9- Dillon Gee, p

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