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Giants vs. Rockies, 6/24

Pomeranz (2-7, 6.01 FIP) vs. Gray (7-5, 4.20 FIP)

Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

I’d say the Giants caught a break tonight: no Ian Desmond in the lineup. He is, as you know, having a Desmondaissance — an .805 OPS overall this season, and 1.103 against lefties. And yet...

RF — Charlie Blackmon
CF — David Dahl
3B — Nolan Arenado
1B — Daniel Murphy
2B — Ryan McMahon
LF — Raimel Tapia
SS — Pat Valaika
C — Tony Wolters
SP — Jon Gray

... Drew Pomeranz dodges an Ian-shaped bullet.

In the meantime, Bruce Bochy has supreme confidence in Dickerson and so Dickerson rises in the latest Giants lineup:

RF — Mike Yastrzemski
LF — Alex Dickerson
C — Buster Posey
1B — Pablo Sandoval
CF — Kevin Pillar
3B — Evan Longoria
2B — Joe Panik
SS — Donovan Solano
SP — Drew Pomeranz

Brandon Crawford gets a night off against a right-handed starter and Joe Panik drops in the order because, well, neither has been too hot with their bats, and only Crawford has looked like he’s needed a breather.

But all this lineup info is dancing around the bigger breaking news: the Mets’ GM is managing the games via cell phone from his home:

The source said Van Wagenen, who was watching the game at home on TV, communicated with a member of the Mets support staff with an order to remove deGrom from the game. Callaway complied with the order, and deGrom was visibly upset as he departed the field, certain that he could continue pitching. The manager was grilled for the move, but at the time insisted the decision was his.

“Hell, yeah, it’s unusual: sending word to the dugout, telling the manager what to do?” the source said. “I have never heard of that before.”

MLB rules stipulate that players and coaches cannot use cell phones anywhere during a game.

Remarkably, we’ve become 25% of a Mets blog the past two days and why wouldn’t we? The Mets are a mess! Anything to not think about the Giants... who are still, somehow, just 6.5 games back of the second Wild Card lol

A reminder: tonight’s game is on ESPN, so a slightly delayed first pitch of 7:05pm Pacific.