The Mets' Opening Day lineup is . . . curious

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Jerry Manuel announced the Mets’ Opening Day lineup yesterday. Here it is:

1. SS Alex Cora
2. 2B Luis Castillo
3. 3B David Wright
4. 1B Mike Jacobs
5. LF Jason Bay
6. CF Gary Matthews Jr.
7. RF Jeff Francoeur
8. C Rod Barajas
9. SP Johan Santana

In other words, Omar Minaya just gave $66 million to a guy and his manager is hitting him behind Mike Jacobs.  If this is the regular lineup going forward, Bay is going to walk approximately 237 times this year. He won’t see a strike until his fall bowling league starts.

And while I have hurled mucho hate at Jeff Francoeur in my time, he is hitting way too low in this lineup. And where’s Angel Pagan?

The Mets haven’t played an inning yet and they’re already screwing up.