Why is Jason Bay starting against a right-hander for the first time in nearly a month on Tuesday night?

Terry Collins said he owed it to R.A. Dickey to maximize the fielding quality behind him as the knuckleballer pursues the Cy Young Award. After polling his staff, Collins added, the manager resolved that Bay in left field represented the Mets' best option over Lucas Duda or another choice.

Of course, that begs the question: Is Bay the Mets' best offensive choice? After all, the Amazin's have scored three runs or fewer in 11 straight home games, matching the franchise record.

• The Mets wore first-responder caps during batting practice Tuesday. They also plan to wear them during the national anthem, but not in-game.