Luis, Luis!!! And also The Sheff…



Sheffield.jpgThe 1st walk-off at Citi Field!!  What a great night for many a Mets player.  For a while, it looked like the Mets would win comfortably.  Livan Hernandez looked almost perfect through 4 and even through 5, only allowing a run.  But after the 1st 2 Brewers reached the plate in the 6, All Star Ryan Braun hit his 1st HR of he season, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead.  Gary Sheffield would answer an inning later with his 500th Big Fly of his career.  In the bottom of the 9th, Luis Castillo slapped a ball into the hole between short and 3rd, plating Delgado for the 5-4 win.  What a play for Castillo.  He has been ridiculed (and to some degree, rightly so) for over a year, now about his play, attitude, etc.  With many fans (myself included) clamouring for the Mets to sign Orlando Hudson, Castillo has faced a steep uphill climb.  However, he is hitting .387 with 4 rbi, hitting in the 8 hole.  His defense has also been great.  After a tough week (going 1-3 before today), it was a necessary win for the Mets tonight.  Again, its still early, but we need to get out to a good start and win the games we should win (especially against sub .500 teams and games at home).  Hopefully, we can build on this win with Santana taking the ball tomorrow afternoon…he takes on Brewers potential ace Yovani Gallardo at 1:10…


Pondering Points:

  • Perhaps, I was wrong about the Padres…being down 7-1 after the 4th (to Cole Hamels and the Phils), the Padres rally to win 8-7…with ex-Met Heath Bell notching his 6th save of the year…
  • Our favorite ex-Met of all time is actually doing well with the Cubs.  He is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 7 appearances, allowing his only run on a HR.  He also has 4 BBs and 5 Ks.
  • Despite the win, the Mets still haven’t stopped leaving people on base at an alarming rate.  Again, the Mets left double-digit men on base (11, I believe).  They also left the bases loaded 3 times!  Interesting point, Beltran was key in stranding the bases loaded, each time.  He came up and struck out (with bases loaded and 1 out) in the 1st and 8th and popped up in the 8th.
  • The other major struggle for the Mets was almost solved today, as Hernandez looked great through 5 innings.  However, before he could record an out in the 6th, he gave up 3 runs and the lead.  Other than Santana, there is yet to be a Mets starter who you can count on to give you 5 decent innings…if that.
  • A bright spot for the Mets is their bullpen.  They lead the NL in bullpen ERA, 2.17 (entering tonight, I think).  That is great.  They just need to be used less. 
  • Endy Chavez is off to a torrid start with the M’s, hitting .417 with a HR and 6 RBI, starting every game this year…
  • Gary Sheffield became the 1st Met to ever hit his 500th HR with the Mets…he is also the 1st player to ever make his 1st HR with a team, also his 500th career…


Quote(s) of the Night:

“This is…uh…I don’t know…uh…Little League?  Ill-advised is what that is.”  Keith Hernandez commenting on JJ Hardy’s throw from short that went halfway between 3rd and home.

“Can’t play that deep against Fielder…he can run a little bit.” [uh…yeah?  I respectfully disagree]  Gary Cohen on Castillo playing in shallow right field when Prince Fielder came to bat.



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