Pre Game: Mets vs. Dodgers (Game 1)

Again, Fernando Tatis will be in tonight’s starting lineup, playing first base.

Luis Castillo will bat leadoff, followed in order by Alex Cora, David Wright, Gary Sheffield in right field, Tatis, Ryan Church in center field, Nick Evans in left, and Omir Santos behind the plate.

Mike Pelfrey will be tonight’s starting pitcher against the Dodgers, who haw Manny Ramirez batting third.

Update, 4:05 pm:

The Mets took infield practice this afternoon, and also worked on fielding pop ups.

Omar Minaya is scheduled to speak with reporters in the media room before today’s game.

Update, 4:30 pm:

Minaya described the climate for trades as one that will require him to “give up a lot,” because so many teams are still in contention.

He said he needs to keep an eye on 2010, 2011, and 2012, not just 2009, when trying to fill holes on his roster, noting there is no “magic bullet fix” available.