Terry Collins put together an interesting lineup for this afternoon’s game against Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Collins promised to get starts for outfielders Mike Baxter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and both are starting today, with Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill sitting. It the second straight game in which Cowgill is on the bench.
Somewhat surprising is John Buck again behind the plate. The reasoning is he’s probably a better fit with Jon Niese. Anthony Recker could start Sunday.
Here’s the lineup:
Mike Baxter, RF: Gets his first start of the season, and in right field as expected. However, I didn’t expect to see him leading off.
Daniel Murphy, 2B: Hit a three-run homer yesterday. Still hitting second, and is doing it behind his third different leadoff hitter. With his patience, he’ll stay here for a while. Last night was his first homer; he didn’t get his first last year until June 27.
David Wright, 3B: Still looking for his first homer. Hitting .397 with six career homers and...