Pads align rotation for Mets series

Associated Press

The Mets are expected to face (l to r) Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard and Jason Marquis during the season-opening series.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The San Diego Padres have set up their rotation for their season-opening series against the New York Mets.

Right-hander Edinson Volquez starts on Opening Day, followed by left-hander Clayton Richard in Game 2 and right-hander Jason Marquis in the series finale.

The Mets have not announced their rotation beyond the opener, but the matchups are projected to be:

April 1: Jonathon Niese vs. Volquez

April 3: Shaun Marcum vs. Richard

April 4: Matt Harvey vs. Marquis

With the Mets facing a right-hander in the opener, it's possible a lineup that has David Wright and not Daniel Murphy could look like this:

Jordany Valdespin, cf

Justin Turner, 2b

David Wright, 3b

Ike Davis, 1b

Marlon Byrd, rf

Lucas Duda, lf

John Buck, c

Ruben Tejada, ss

Jonathon Niese, lhp