The Mets had an excellent opportunity to guarantee at least a series split, maybe even a series win last night, but Francisco Rodriguez couldn’t hold it for them.

He, along with the Mets, try to rebound. Courtesy of NewYorkMets on Twitter here: here is this afternoon’s lineup, with comments and notes from me:

1. Angel Pagan – CF  Pagan stays in the leadoff spot because Jose Reyes still is unable to return to the lineup.

2. Alex Cora – 2B  Again I ask, why is Cora hitting second? Why? Fernando Tatis is still not playing. Mets had a great opportunity to get him in a game this weekend but blew it.

3. David Wright – 3B  Wright got voted to start the All-Star game at 3B again. He continues to be hot lately.

4. Ike Davis – 1B  Davis is playing, enough said.

5. Jason Bay – LF

6. Jeff Francoeur – RF

7. Rod Barajas – C

8. Ruben Tejada – SS  Could’ve given Tejada a day off and Tatis a start.

9. Hisanori Takahashi – SP

This afternoon’s pitching matchup will be Takahashi (6-3, 4.24 ERA) vs Craig Stammen (2-2, 5.13 ERA).

Game time will be 1:35 p.m. Game will be on SNY.

Flushing Baseball Daily reporter, Tyler Moore. Follow Tyler on Twitter, where he’ll discuss Mets, and also his posts. If you wish to email him, send an email to Tyler with the subject of Flushing Baseball Daily Mail. Thanks for reading!

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