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Sweep!

 

broom.jpgSo, I almost had to re-do my entire entry for tonight.  Like any writer, I was putting my thoughts together and organizing how I was going to write everything down, when the bottom of the 9th happened.  My TV’s life was extended after Ryan Church caught Chipper’s attempt to win the game for the Braves.  With a 4-1 lead and 2 down in the bottom of the 9th, K-Rod gives up a hit and a walk, when Omar Infante pops up a bloop right to Delgado.  I was about to walk into my kitchen, but thought that nothing is a sure thing (especially with the Mets) and stayed to watch Carlos flat out DROP the ball.  Funny thing is, if everyone runs it out, the runner on 1st is at least on 3rd and Infante is easily on 2nd, instead of 1st.  He would then have scored on Escobar’s single, tying the game.  Thankfully, Omar loafed it, made it to 3rd on the single, and was stranded on Chipper’s flyout. 

Up until the 2 out roller coaster ride, the pitching for the Mets was amazing.  Livan went 6 1/3, 7 hits, 1 run, 2 BBs and 2 Ks, only throwing 75 pitches (discounting the Ollie start, it was the Mets 4th straight quality start).  He totally could have gone at least another inning, but got into a bit of a jam, and Manuel decided not to push his luck (not a bad decision at all).  Parnell, Putz, and K-Rod did their respective jobs.  K-Rod’s would have been smoother, if not for Delgado’s error.  In keeping with the theme of not allowing runs, the Mets defense (in the 1st 7 innings) was great.  They turned 3 double-plays.  And on Prado’s run-scoring double, Murphy made a great play, cutting the ball off, otherwise, Schafer probably scores and ties the game at 2.  Then, the defense went downhill, as Castillo and Delgado made routine-play errors.

Offensively, the effort was mixed.  They got 11 hits: good.  Only 4 runs (including leaving 2 on in the 9th…2nd and 3rd with no out and neither scored): bad.  4 players wth multiple hits, including Castro with 3: good.  Leaving 12 on base and goin 3 for 13 with RISP: bad.  Luckily, the pitching out-weighed the hitting and the Mets got away with a sweep in the ATL…  

 

Points for your morning coffee:

  • Daniel Murphy had a nice game.  He went 1 fo 4 with a run scored.  Also, he saved a run with a nice defensive play in the 7th.  And, after a botched throw by Chipper in the 9th, moved up to an un-occupied 2nd base.  That forced the Braves to walk Beltran, creating a big opportunity for Delgado.  As defensively challeneged as he was to start the year, I’m enjoying watching his progress, not only as a fielder, but as a baseball player.
  • Despite his almost biffing the game away, Delgado did have a huge hit in the 9th with the bases loaded, plating the soon-needed 2 runs.  Give and Take, I guess…
  • The Mets have swept a series -albeit a mini 2 game series- in Atlanta for the first time in 2 years…winning there will never get old for me.
  • Yunel Escobar is just adding to the log-jam of great short-stops in the NL East…he went 3 for 5 with an RBI tonight…
  • Johan Santana has given up 4 earned runs this year.  That is fewer than 3 Mets relievers (Putz, 6; Feliciano, 5; Green, 12 -yikes)…
  • Is anyone else excited about the Royals?  The epitome of a small market team and they are leading their division by 1.5 games (I know its early May, but let’s enjoy it while we can).  Greinke has 37.5% of their wins…
  • This is fun: the Nats and Astros had their 10-10 game called in the 11th inning today because of rain.  The game was played in DC.  But they don’t play again until July 9th (in Houston).  That will be the date that this game will be continued.  So, the home team will wear gray in the1st game?  And, given the probable lack of success of both teams (sorry, Nats and Astros fans *Cassie*) and it being near the trade deadline, how will they handle players who won’t be on the roster then and players who weren’t today but will be on the roster then?  Yay for tight schedules and short series…
  • Also, tough loss for the Wings to the Ducks tonight…sometimes, life just isn’t fair…not much else you can say about that game…

 

 

Quote of the Night:

“Keith, its your favorite song.”  “[Its] all around major league baseball.  You just can’t get away from it.”  -Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez, upon hearing the sound bite “Everybody Clap Your Hands.” 

Wednesday, 7pm, Park/Santana… 

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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.

 

Deja Vu

First of all, I am very excited that random people are reading what I have to say…thanks, Dan!  Enjoy Happy Valley!  I’ve been to a couple of games there…good times!!

 

Now, I feel like I did that all of last Summer.  Geez.  This time, however, we actually closed the deal.  It’s nice to see that we can get out of a jam from time to time, despite a very questionable call by the 1st base umpire.  Delgado’s foot MAY have been off the bag, but it was ridiculously close.  I feel like in the bottom of the 9th in such a tight game, you had better be 100% sure to make that call. 

 

Some things to think about:

  • I was actually ok with Pelfrey tonight.  Yes, he did not have control at all and made a mess of the 1st inning, but he bounced back, battled and stuck around long enough to get the win.  You have games like that and fighting through them and controling the damage are what great pitchers do.  Build on it, Pelf!
  • Big ups to Delgado for continuing his torrid start(maybe keep your foot on the bag a TAD longer…haha).  2 for 5, 4 rbi, hr
  • The more I watch D. Murphy, the more I like him.  He plays solid D, battles at the plate,and works hard.
  • Joey Votto is going to be a star (already is?)…
  • Also, what is with the length of games?  Monday’s game went way over 3 hours and tonight’s topped 4 hours!!  Neither game went to extras…
  • Into the 5th, Nick Adenhart is having a nice game for the Angels (actually traveled around the Midwest League in summer of ’06 to watch him)…

 

Quote of the Night(s):

Keith Hernandez commenting on Brandon Phillips shading up the middle, leaving Murphy with a huge hole on the right side…”You could drive a Panzer Division through there!”

Gary Cohen on how cold it was getting: “You’r not going to find much body heat in the stands…as no one is left.”

 

Also…big comeback for the Phils tonight…Yankees get beat again…Kazmir pitches well for Rays(sigh) as they beat the BoSox…and the Tigers get their first win(I’m happy for you, Tony)…Perez at Arroyo at 12:35 in Cincy tomorrow