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Despite the fact that as I type this Mike and the Mad Dog are speculating about whether or not Willie Randolph will have Carlos Delgado in the lineup tonight against Dodgers’ southpaw Clayton Kershaw, the Mets manager in fact revealed his hand last night when he announced that Delgado would be right back out there following a 2-for-4 performance last night that included a base hit off a lefty reliever and a diving grab in the field. Clearly the larger than life WFAN personalities don’t watch the SNY postgame.

In any event, I fully support this decision. As I wrote yesterday, you’d prefer that the Dodgers had their righty pitchers stacked a bit better so you could get Delgado in there for two or three games before sitting him again against the lefty. Instead the Mets find themselves facing three lefty starters in four days, making the decision to sit Delgado tonight a tough one, especially given the way he seemingly responded to his two game benching last night. You’d like to reward a player when he gives you a solid effort like that, not embarrass him.

Moreover, if Willie had decided to sit Carlos tonight, both the player and manager would have been bombarded with questions about the platoon situation that appears to be developing, and that’s a headache that the team does not need right when they’ve put a few wins together. Let’s keep the focus on the field for a change.

As I said yesterday, if the Mets were to acquire a righty complement to Delgado such as Kevin Millar, a platoon scenario makes a lot more sense. But for the time being fans should be content that Delgado will be seeing fewer at-bats, and at least for one game, appears to be playing with some fire. I’m anxious to see how the veteran responds to Willie’s show of confidence tonight. He faces a tough test against the 20-year-old Kershaw, who couples his mid-to-high 90s heat with a knee buckling curve.

update: here’s tonight’s lineup…
Reyes, ss
Castillo, 2b
Wright, 3b
Beltran, cf
Tatis, rf
Castro, c
Delgado, 1b
Evans, lf
Maine, rhp

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