NEW YORK -- Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes, switch-hitters all, were the Mets' first three batters in the second game of their doubleheader Tuesday night. Each faced Dodgers starter Charlie Haeger who is right-handed. He also throws a knuckleball. So each of the New York trio batted right-handed.
Switch-hitters rarely switched to same "side" as a knuckleball pitchers until Red Schoendienst and Mickey Mantle did so on the 50's and 60's. But now switching is more prevalent, even though there are fewer knuckleball pitchers.
The Mets scored three times against Haeger in the first, incidentally.