Dodgers @ Mets July 21, 2012: Capuano vs Batista

That’s right, that Miguel Batista. The one who signed with Montreal in 1988. The one who made his major league debut by pitching two innings for the 1992 National League East champion Pittsburgh Pirates, a game that included Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Dale Murphy, current Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, and five of only 60 plate appearances Kirk Gibson had as a Pirate. The guy who, after leaving the Pirates, played for the Marlins. And the Cubs. And the Expos. And the Royals. And the Diamondbacks. And the Blue Jays, where in 2005 he somehow collected 31 of his 41 career saves. And then back to the Diamondbacks. And the Mariners, during which time he wrote a crime novel. And the Nationals. And the Cardinals. And now, for most of the last two seasons, the Mets. That’s the guy who, at 41 years of age, will be making his fifth start of the season for the Mets today. Baseball’s an awesome game sometimes.

I’ll be at this one, behind home plate in the upper levels. You can bet that I’ll be the guy shouting unprintable obscenities at Adam Kennedy, Juan Uribe, & James Loney, all of whom are in the lineup today against Batista. Kennedy’s hitting second, because that’s what second basemen do; A.J. Ellis is out for the second day in a row, giving him three including Thursday’s off-day, but remember, Matt Treanor isn’t Chris Capuano‘s personal catcher. (Update: okay, Ken Gurnick says Ellis has a sore left knee. It’s not serious and he is expected to play tomorrow.)

For Loney, today marks two months since his last home run, and it’s now been over ten months since his last longball in front of his home fans at Dodger Stadium. Awesome.

Dodgers
Mets
LF
Abreu
SS
Tejada
2B
Kennedy
CF
Torres
CF
Kemp
3B
Wright
RF
Ethier
RF
Hairston
1B
Loney
LF
Bay
3B
Uribe
1B
Davis
SS
Cruz
2B
Cedeno
C
Treanor
C
Nickeas
P
Capuano
P
Batista

 

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