Manuel to find more time in lineup for Frenchy

Manuel to find more time in lineup for Frenchy

PHILADELPHIA -- Though he hit his second game-winning home run in five days on Saturday evening, and though he spent roughly 15 minutes in a closed-door meeting with manager Jerry Manuel the following morning, Jeff Francoeur nonetheless began Sunday's game on the bench.

"I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out," Francoeur said. "I don't know if they know for sure how it's going to play out, either."

In Francoeur's place, Angel Pagan played right field and Fernando Martinez started in left.

After the Mets recalled Martinez in a roster shakeup on Saturday morning, they mapped out what Manuel referred to as a "platoon situation" between Francoeur and Martinez. Though he amended that slightly on Sunday morning, saying that he would try to find playing time for Francoeur against right-handers as well, Manuel was not swayed by Francoeur's game-winning homer or his recent hot streak at the plate.

"You're going to see Frenchy play games against right-handers," Manuel said. "It's just trying to pick and choose what you think is the best fit, what's best for us. I can't see him strictly being used just in that [platoon] role.

According to Manuel, Sunday's opposing starter, Roy Halladay, did not present an ideal matchup for Francoeur, who is 1-for-6 lifetime off the Phillies ace. Left-handed batters entered Sunday's play hitting nearly 50 points higher than right-handers against Halladay.