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Blow-pen…

To quote Gary Cohen tonight, “…and the Mets lose their worst game of the year.”  That pretty much sums it up.  The Mets have dropped a few tough ones this year, but this might actually be the worst. 

First of all, they were staked to a 5-0 lead, through 3 innings.  Livan Hernandez pitched reasonably well.  He didn’t quite complete the 6th, but kept his team in the game.  He allowed 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 BBs, and 5 Ks.  Coming from your back of the rotation starter, that is more than acceptable. 

Second, they got great contributions from the bottom of their lineup.  Jeremy Reed went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored.  Wilson Valdez went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a run scored.  Brian Schneider also had an RBI double.  Fernando Martinez also had a productive day in the 2 hole, going 1 for 3 with a run scored and 2 BBs.  These are guy who generally are not at the top of the list when it comes to “counted on” production. 

Lastly, it is the first game of the road trip…and in Pittsburgh.  The Mets pretty much dominated the Pirates in NY, a few weeks ago.  The Pirates also have not been playing overly well, lately.  This is just not how things needed to go for the Mets, who have been ridiculously short-handed, lately.  But, Santana is starting tomorrow…

 

Quickies:

  • Carlos Beltran missed another game with a “stomach virus”…
  • Alex Cora is scheduled to come off of the DL on Tuesday, but most likely won’t play until Wednesday…
  • Jose Reyes is playing in extended spring training in Florida and might re-join the team on Friday in DC…
  • Angel Pagan will most likely go on the DL…shocker!
  • There is a chance that I will be going to Pittsburgh for the Wednesday and Thursday games…as long as the weather (and money) work out…
  • Conan O’Brien debuted on the Tonight Show, Monday night…not too bad

 

Tuesday, 7:05, PNC Park, Santana vs. Duke…

We Have a Quarterback!

 

 

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Despite reading a lot of articles and hearing plenty of praise about incoming freshman Tate Forcier, I wanted to see it before I believed it.  So, I went to the Michigan Spring Game today.  It was my first, despite being in Ann Arbor 6 years.  The alumni flag football game was a lot of fun, but I got very excited to the winged helmets come running out of the tunnel (especially #5)!  Forcier looked great all day.  He had great footwork and moved around the field very well.  I cannot rmember the last time I’ve seen a Michigan QB as fleet-footed as Forcier.  He also was very accurate, hitting receivers in stride, even while on the move.  The play that really showed me something, though, was in the last play he was in, Forcier made an Elway-esque dive into the end zone on an attempted 2 point conversion.  I know its only April and Forcier’s still undersized, but I’m excited about what I’ve read and now seen about Michigan football!!  September 5th can’t get here soon enough!!

 

As Far As the Mets Are Concerned:

Last night was very frustrating.  John Maine made his return.  Looked ok, other than the 2 solo HRs he allowed.  Went 5 innings, only 2 hits…83 pitches.  It was a game that the Mets just couldn’t get a handle on.  They always seemed to be one step behind.  Even after they tied the game a couple times, they gave up runs in the following inning.  Jeremy Reed came through with a 2 out hit in the 9th to tie the game (his 1st hit as a Met)..  However, the game was lost in the bottom of the inning on a 2 out hit, 5-4.  Murph, Church, and Beltran all had 3 hits.  Just a game of missed opportunites.

 

Tonight, however was a different story.  Livan Hernandez pitched brilliantly, going 6 2/3 and allowing only 2 runs.  If he can give us that as a 5th starter, there’s no reason the Mets can’t hang a couple of pennants next Fall.  We hit a little better with runners in scoring position (yesterday was something like 0 for 10).  Tonight, we had 4 or 5 hits with RISP.  The bullpen created a little chaos in the last couple innings, giving up 2 more runs and allowing the tying run to walk on deck, before K-Rod was summoned to shut things down 8-4.  All in all, we split 2 games with our 4 and 5 going, against a hot Marlins team who always plays us tough…especially in Miami.  Now, we can hand the ball to Johan for the rubber match.  I can live with that.

 

Quick Points:

  • The Mets are showing that they have quite a few quality baserunners (obviously, Reyes, Beltran and Castillo).  But, Murph and Church have shown some promise, not to mention Wright.  Its litle things like baserunning that change the course of games.
  • Ryan Church is a doubles machine.  2 more tonight, give him 5 for the year.  He’s also hitting .526 through the first 5 games.  Perhps, he’s taken the Sheffield signing personally.
  • Luis Castillo was told before the game to be more aggressive.  He went 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and an RBI.
  • Reyes and Wright get their 1st RBIs of the year…Reyes had 3 and his 1st HR.  Wright needed a hit with RISP and got in in the 8th to tack on the 7th Met run…hopefully, this will get him going.

 

Tomorrow, Santana/Johnson at 1pm on TBS…