LOS ANGELES—After going 13 straight games without scoring more than four runs, Mets manager Jerry Manuel has made drastic changes to tonight’s starting lineup.

Jason Bay seems to be moving lower in the order by the day. Tonight’s Mets lineup is as follows:

SS Jose Reyes
2B Luis Castillo
RF Angel Pagan
3B David Wright
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Ike Davis
LF Jason Bay
C Henry Blanco
P Johan Santana

For the first time as a Met, Jason Bay will be batting seventh in the order. It’s a lineup that shows the panic level of Jerry Manuel.

Angel Pagan may be the Mets best hitter this season, so it makes some sense that he would bat third, but it’s still not a spot a player like him would bat in.

Luis Castillo was really doing nothing in the eight hole, and Angel Pagan would have no use hitting lower than top-three.

Jerry Manuel is trying to do anything to get his players to start hitting, a day after GM Omar Minaya said his job is safe. Things could change quickly if the Mets don’t win more than a game in this series.

Jason Bay got benched last night, and can soon be hitting eighth in the order. The Mets will hope this lineup can get Santana a win.


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