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October 8, 2006

Mets Blow Out Dodgers to Finish Sweep of NLDS

by @ 3:54 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Alright, so far, so good.  The Mets took care of business last night and will now move on to play either the Padres or the Cardinals.  The good news is, the team will get three days rest so the Mets will be able to get their rotation back in the right order and give some of these older guys a rest.

The Mets didn’t wast much time.  They scored three in the first off of three RBI singles and then Shawn Green doubled home Cliff Floyd in the second to make it 4-0.  Then the Dodgers stormed back with five runs combined in the fourth and fifth (off of Steve Trachsel and Darren Oliver) and just like that, the Mets were down.

All that seemed to do was wake the Mets up though.  They answered with three in the sixth and piled on two more in the eighth to make it an 8-5 final.  No worries.

All nine runs were scored by nine different hitters.  And only Jose Valentin and Steve Trachsel out of the nine starters went hitless.  Greg Maddux didn’t stand a chance.

And it looks like we won’t be having a subway series. The Yankees were bounced by the Tigers and they’re now my choice to lose to the Mets in the World Series.

October 2, 2006

Mets Head Into NLDS Against Dodgers With Four Straight Wins

by @ 2:33 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Thank you Nationals.  While I don’t buy into momentum too much in baseball, I do feel a bit better that the Mets rolled into the post season with four straight wins.  That included a three game sweep over Washington.  Next up is the Dodgers with game one being four pm on Tuesday.

It was fun to Julio Franco put up some nice numbers on Saturday.  He had three hits, including a homerun, and five RBIs.  It was also nice to see Tom Glavine throw six shutout innings.  He came short of 200 innings, but he did get his 15th win and he’s set himself up nicely to notch win number 300 next year.

It’s playoff time, and the Mets are in it.  Hopefully they’ll be able to go as far as they did in 1986.

September 29, 2006

Mets Limp Into Final Series, Pedro Martinez Likely Done for the Season

by @ 11:51 am. Filed under 2006 Season, Pedro Martinez

Man, this is bitter sweet.  The good news is, we’ve gone most of the season without a really effective Pedro and still finished with the best record in the National League.  The bad news is, you knew he’d be money and a difference maker.  Now that World Series win doesn’t seem as firmly in the grasp as most of us thought.  The other odd thing is, the Mets still don’t know who’ll they’ll be playing in the post season.  Could be any of potentially five teams still but it’ll likely be the Dodgers.

Oh yeah, and the Mets played the Braves this week. Tuesday’s game was pretty ugly.  Oliver Perez was bombed as was Heath Bell out of the pen.  Both gave up six runs.  In the meantime, John Smoltz shut down the Mets offense and sent them packing with a six hit shutout.

Wednesday game could have been the toughest game of the year.  Pedro was shelled.  This isn’t how a World Series contender plays in their final week.  Pedro gave up seven runs in less then three innings of work and it’s probably the final outing of the year for Pedro 2006.  The lone Mets run came when Carlos Delgado scored on Shawn Green’s ground out.

Finally, the Mets snapped their skid yesterday.  Orlando Hernandez gave us five solid innings and while the pen didn’t pitch well, they didn’t blow it either.  Carlos Beltran hit homerun number 41 and Carlos Delgado drove in four runs in the 7-4 win.

The Mets finish up on the road in Washington.  Hopefully nothing else bad happens.

September 26, 2006

David Wright and Pedro Martinez

by @ 2:30 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The Mets dropped three of four to the Nationals this weekend.    It’s hard to tell whether this matters or not because the Mets have little to play for. It’s just worrisome because the track record of teams that clinch early isn’t all that great.  Hopefully Willie Randolph is keeping the boys in check.

David Wright hit his first homerun in September in the lone Mets win.  While his numbers still look nice, Wright has only hit five homeruns since he made a run in the Home Run Derby at the All Star Game.  The net result of this is a more then 100 point drop in OPS.  It’d be nice if Wright got out of this extended slump and maybe pulled together a post season MVP or something.

Pedro Martinez makes his final tune up start on Wednesday.  The games only on locally so I won’t be able to tune in but I might listen in to see how Pedro is doing.  It sure would be nice if he did a number on the Braves.

September 25, 2006

Mets Revamp Minor League System

by @ 2:28 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Talk about some shuffling, although it seems like the International League has a bunch of changes in the works.  The Mets announced that they’ll be moving their Triple A affiliate from Norfolk to New Orleans beginning in 2007.  So the Mets Triple A affiliate will now be in the Pacific Coast League.  It looks likely that the Tides will be a Baltimore Orioles affiliate next year.  The Norfolk Tides have been a Mets affiliate since 1969.

The Mets also lost a Single A affiliate.  The Hagerstown Suns announced they’d be jumping and becoming a Washington Nationals affiliate so now the Mets have to look for their replacement.

September 22, 2006

Mets Split Four Game Series With Marlins

by @ 4:48 am. Filed under 2006 Season

This is the tough part of the year.  You want the playoffs to start now.  And all the while, you hope the Mets continue their winning ways while not suffering an injury along the way.

On Monday, Steve Trachsel threw a very nice game.  He won his 15th game and he combined with three other relievers for a four hit shutout.  Jose Valentin homered twice in the 4-0 win.

Tom Glavine got the job done on Tuesday.  He gave up two runs in the second inning but then held the Marlins scoreless the rest of the way.  He threw eight inning and 103 pitches so it looks like he’s back to mid season form.  Shortstop prospect Anderson Hernandez hit his first career homerun and he scored twice in the 3-2 win.

Dontrelle Willis held the Mets in check on Wednesday and Oliver Perez was roughed up in the middle innings in the first Mets loss of the series.  Perez gave up three runs and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings.  Jose Reyes had two hits and two runs and Paul LoDuca went three for four with a run and an RBI in the 6-3 loss.

Pedro Martinez looked like he was improving with yesterday start, even though he took the loss.  He struck out seven in five innings, but he gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits.  He’ll get one more start before the playoffs start and that’s probably the biggest game left for the Mets.  An effective Pedro will mean a good playoff run for the Mets.

Next up is four games against the Nationals.

September 19, 2006

Mets Wrap Up National League East

by @ 2:10 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The Mets clinched the NL East last night with a shutout win over the Marlins.  Now their magic number is three, which is what they need to do to get home field in the National League playoffs.

September 17, 2006

Mets Swept by Pirates

by @ 12:20 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

This was definitely not good.  The Mets dropped all three of their games against one of the worst teams in baseball and assuming the Phillies hold on in their game, the Mets will have to wait until tomorrow to wrap up the NL East.

Pedro Martinez made his return on Friday and it was less then encouraging.  There’s no doubt that having a healthy Pedro would be huge in the playoffs but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  We’ll have to settle for just a good Pedro, which still might be enough.  Martinez gave up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts in three innings.  On offense, Jose Reyes got it done.  He went two for four with two RBIs and a run in the 5-3 loss.

Orlando Herandez was very solid yesterday but he left with the game tied.  Then Aaron Heilman gave up the winning run in the ninth inning.  Carlos Delgado had two RBis and two hits in the 3-2 loss.

Today the Mets got shut out by Zach Duke.  Not much good to say about this one.  John Maine was at least solid and kept the Mets in the game and Endy Chavez had three hits in the 3-0 loss.

Next up is the Marlins.  At this point, we just have to hope there’s no serious injuries in the next couple of weeks.

September 14, 2006

Mets Could Clinch NL East as Early As Friday After Series Win Against Marlins

by @ 5:10 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Phillies are losing as I right this.  If that stands, the Mets will have wrapped up a share of the NL East title.  Of course with over two weeks left in the season, I like the Mets chances of making that magic number zero.

Monday was a weird game.  Dave Williams was rocked and gave up nine runs in only three innings.  Heath Bell was bounced after giving up five runs and in all the Marlins hit five homeruns.  In the meantime, Carlos Beltran hit homerun number 40 in the 16-5 blowout loss.

Things got back to normal on Tuesday.  Carlos Delgado went yard and he drove in three runs in the 6-4 loss.  Oliver Perez struck out eleven in five innings but he gave up four runs and didn’t get a decision.  The pen did a nice job.  Four scoreless innings and Guillermo Mota picked up the win.

Last night, the Mets needed eleven innings but they picked up the win.  Carlos Delgado came up huge with an RBI single in the ninth to send the game into extra frames.  Then in the eleventh, the Mets racked up three runs to put the game away.  Paul LoDuca drove in three and Jose Reyes scored twice in the 7-4 win.  Tom Glavine was okay through six innings and Aaron Heilman picked up the win.

Next up is three against the Pirates.

September 10, 2006

Mets Magic Number Down to Four With Series Split With Dodgers

by @ 5:26 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

In what could be a playoff preview, the Mets split their series with the Dodgers this weekend.  No sweat, because the games don’t matter yet, at least not for the Mets.  They should be wrapping up the division some time this week.  I’d guess Wednesday or Thursday.

Tom Glavine looked really sharp on Thursday and he was helped by a three run inside the park homerun by Jose Reyes.  Glavine went 6 1/3 shutout innings and gave up only five hits.  Jose Valentin also homered and he scored twice and drove in twice.

I’m not sure what happened on Friday.  The Mets were completely shutdown by a rookie pitcher.  John Maine was okay but not great and he took the loss.  David Wright had two of the Mets’ four hits in the 5-0 loss.

Yesterday’s win was a good one.  Carlos Delgado got the Mets on the board with a solo homerun in the second.  Orlando Hernandez was roughed up for two runs in the top of the sixth but David Wright drove in two with a single in the bottom half of the inning to put the Mets back on top.  Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner shut down the Dodgers in the eighth and the ninth and the final ended up being 3-2.

The Mets were blown out today.  Another rookie pitcher did us in and the only run came on Jose Reyes’ 19th homerun of the season.  Steve Trachsel was roughed up and he didn’t even last three innings.  Brian Bannister was also shelled, which also isn’t encouraging.

Next up is three against the Marlins who are in a three way tied for second place in the Wild Card race.

September 6, 2006

Mets’ Magic Number Now Down to Nine With Doubleheader Win Over Braves

by @ 5:15 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It’s going to happen sometime early next week.  The Mets are going to win their first NL East division title since 1988.  1988 was also the last time they won 100 games.  If the playoffs started today, the Mets would play the Padres in the NL Division series.

This series didn’t start well though.  Chuck James held the Mets to a single hit and Steve Trachsel was bounced in the fifth inning.  Seven walks won’t get it done and Trachsel dropped to 14-6.

Tuesday’s game was rained out so the Mets and Braves played two today.  In game one, Dave Williams outdueled John Smoltz and he picked up another win.  The Williams pick up looks like another good one by the Mets.  He gave up a single run on five hits through six innings of work.  The pen did their job as well and Wagner finished things up with his 35th save.  Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green both homered in the 4-1 win.

Oliver Perez did the job in game two.  He pitched a five hit shutout and he picked up his third win (vs. 11 losses) of the season.  Shawn Green homered again and he drove in two runs.  Jose Reyes went yard and Carlos Beltran scored twice in the 8-0 win.

Next up is four against the Dodgers, who could be our opponent in the NLCS.  We’ll see how the two team match up.

September 3, 2006

Mets Win Another Series, Magic Number Now Stands at 12

by @ 4:36 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Another weekend, another series win.  Not much to say here except more of the same.

The bad news about Friday was, Tom Glavine was roughed up.  The good news is two fold.  One, he was on the mound.  Two, the Mets still won.  Glavine lasted five innings and he gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks in the no decision.  Guillermo Mota picked up his first win as a Met and Bill Wagner saved his 33rd game.  On offense, David Wright drove in three runs and Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado each scored two runs in the 8-7 win.

John Maine was awesome yesterday.  He gave up two solo homeruns in 6 1/3 innings and he picked up win number 5.  Wagner saved his 34th and Cliff Floyd drove in two runs in the 4-2 win.

The Mets couldn’t pull of the sweep, although it wasn’t for lack of pitching.  Roy Oswalt outdueled Orlando Hernandez and the Astros pen was a little bit better then the Mets.  The only run for the Mets came on Carlos Delgado’s solo homerun.  It was his 35th of the year.

The Mets could wrap things up this week, although they’d need some perfection so we’ll probably have to wait until next week.  The Wild Card still isn’t certain so we won’t know who the first round opponent is either.  The Mets have three against the Braves this week.

September 1, 2006

Mets Magic Number Now 15 After Two Wins Over Rockies

by @ 3:12 am. Filed under 2006 Season

The Mets are getting closer.  I figured we’ll lock things up sometime in the next two weeks.  In the meantime, our first round opponent pretty much changes daily.

David Wright appeared to be getting back on track on Tuesday.  He led an offensive onslaught with three hits and three RBIs.  Four different Mets had at least two runs and four more had at least two RBIs. Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes homered in the 10-5 win and Steve Trachsel was solid through six innings.

It was more David Wright on Wednesday.  He hit a grand slam and drove in five runs.  Jose Valentin had two solo homeruns and Carlos Delgado went yard as well.  Dave Williams had another solid start and he improved to 4-3.

Oliver Perez was bounced around yesterday as it looks like he’s coming back down to earth.  He gave up seven runs on twelve hits in only three innings of work.  David Wright homered and Jose Reyes went three for five with two RBIs and a run.

Next up is Houston, who’s in that Wild Card race with everyone else.

August 28, 2006

Mets Magic Number Now 18 After Series Win Over Phillies

by @ 4:50 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

If it weren’t for Ryan Howard, the Mets would probably have the NL East wrapped up by now.  He’d look awfully nice in a Mets uniform once Carlos Delgado moves on.

The Mets have now won nine of their last ten, they have an eleven game lead over the Cardinals for the best record in the National League and the only question now is who the Mets first round opponent will be.  What a difference a year makes.  At this point last year, I was writing off the Mets.

Carlos Beltran homered and drove in three runs on Friday, but he was our offense in the 4-3 loss.  Brian Bannister looked okay in his first major league start since April but he lost his first career start. 

Saturday, the Mets turned it on.  Carlos Beltran hit his 38th homerun of the season and Carlos Delgado hit his 33rd.  Endy Chavez finished four for four with two RBIs and Oliver made his first start as a Met.  He wasn’t good, but he wasn’t absolutely horrible.  Pedro Feliciano picked up the win though and he’s now 6-2.

The Mets wrapped up the series this afternoon.  A six run third set the tone and the final was 8-3.  Delgado, David Wright and Paul LoDuca all drove in two runs and Jose Reyes and Beltran scored twice.  John Maine improved to 4-3 with 6 1/3 solid innings and the pen did their job.

Next up is three against the Rockies.  I hate seeing the Mets play in Denver.  I just don’t like the bandbox.

August 25, 2006

Mets Sweep Cardinals For Seventh Straight Win

by @ 12:07 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

This is the best the National League can throw at us.  The second best team in the National League came to town this week and walked away with their bird tail between their legs.

Carlos Beltran was the hero on Tuesday.  He hit a two run walk off homerun to give the Mets an 8-7 win.  Not to be outdone, Carlos Delgado did his part as well.  He homered twice and drove in five runs.  John Maine was shelled and Aaron Heilman picked up the win.

Wednesday was more of the same.  Steve Trachsel won despite giving up six runs.  Jose Reyes hit his fifteenth homerun and he drove in three runs and stole two bases.  Chris Woodward drove in three runs in the 10-8 beat down.

Dave Williams got the job done for us yesterday.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched.  Carlos Delgado hit a two run shot and Carlos Beltran scored twice in the 6-2 win.

Yawn, when do the playoffs start?  The Mets magic number is 22, so we’re getting close to clinching.  Next up is three against the Phillies, who have clawed their back into the playoff mix.

August 23, 2006

Mets Trade Evan MacLane to Diamondbacks for Shawn Green

by @ 4:34 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Now is definitely the time.  With a playoff spot pretty much locked up, the Mets have to do everything they can to give themselves a chance to win the World Series.  I know the Mets are stacked for the next few years, but weird things happen.  They were stacked last year and fell short so if you have a chance to win it, it’s worth throwing a little bit of your future away.

Shawn Green’s had a disappointing season, but it hasn’t been horrible.  He’ll join Carlos Beltran out in the outfield and it will give the Mets one more legit hitting threat.  He should be in the lineup tonight and you’d think he’d be fired up since he’s coming to the NL’s best team.

MacLane will turn 24 in the offseason and while he’s been solid, he hasn’t been lighting it up for Norfolk.  He has only 67 strikeouts over 121 1/3 innings.

Welcome to Mets, Shawn Green.

August 20, 2006

Mets Sweep Rockies, Tom Glavine May be Out of the Season

by @ 5:15 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

I’d never want to complain about my team being too good, but it certainly makes for an anticlimatic season.  While every other division is mired in some kind of race, the Mets have had a hammer lock on things since June.  They took one step closer to the inevitable this weekend with a three game sweep over the Rockies.

Of concern is David Wright’s slump.  He showed flashes of hitting out of it on Friday when he went two for four with two RBIs and a run.  Endy Chavez hit a two run homerun and Steve Trachsel picked up the win.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven innings.  Billy Wagner saved his 29th game.

Lastings Milledge showed his potential yesterday. He went three for three with a homerun and two RBIs in the Mets’ 7-4 win.  Dave Williams made his first start as a Met and threw a nice game.  Aaron Heilman picked up the win and Wagner picked up save number 30.

Orlando Hernandez was pounded in his last start but he bounced back nicely today.  He threw six shutout innings and he struck out eight.  The only two runs came on solo homeruns by Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran.  Hernandez even stole a base.  Wagner saved his third game of the series and brought his season total up to 31.

All the news isn’t good though.  Tom Glavine may have a blood clot in his shoulder and could require season ending surgery.  While this won’t matter too much heading into the end of the season, it leaves us without our second best pitcher in the playoffs.  After Pedro, Trachsel and Hernandez, it’s kind of a crap shoot as to who that fourth starter would be in October.

The Mets magic number is 26 so it probably won’t be until September when we clinch.  Next up is three against a streaky Cardinals.  They’ve been up and down but right now, they’re the second best team in the NL (barely).  You could be seeing a preview of the NLCS.

August 18, 2006

Mets Lose a Few, Still Best in National League

by @ 4:42 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Thankfully, the Mets have an insurmountable lead.  If our best pitcher needs a break, we can afford to put him on the DL.  Lose three of four to the second place Phillies?  No problem.

I could do without the beatdowns though, and man did Pedro Martinez get beat down.  It didn’t stop with him though.  At least the bats didn’t waste anything.  All the offense managed was a measly four hits.

Tuesday was more the same except for Jose Reyes.  He went yard three times and drove in all four Mets’ runs.  In the meantime, Orlando Hernandez completely fell apart.  By the time we got the pitching going on Wednesday, the Mets gets shutout by some sub-.500 pitcher.

Finally the Mets got the job done yesterday.  Carlos Delgado went nuts and hit two homeruns.  Carlos Beltran went four for five with a homerun of his own.  John Maine evened out his record at 3-3 in the 7-2 win.

Next up is the Rockies.  No sweat.

August 13, 2006

Mets Squash Nationals, Extend NL East Lead to Fifteen Games

by @ 4:37 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Yawn.  Wake me up when the playoffs start.

Tom Glavine looks like he’s throwing well again.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win Friday’s game.  Glavine gave up two runs on only seven hits in seven innings of work.  He struck out seven.  The only Mets’ run came on Paul Lo Duca’s solo homerun in the first inning.  Jose Reyes had two of the Mets’ five hits and he stole his 49th base of the season.

John Maine got the Mets back on track yesterday even if his scoreless inning streak finally came to an end in the fourth inning.  Maine left the game tied 4-4 but the Mets put two runs on the board in the seventh inning.  Carlos Beltran went three for five with an RBI.  David Wright scored two runs in the 6-4 win, and Pedro Feliciano picked up the win with an inning and two thirds of scoreless relief despite allowing an inherited runner to score that was credited to Maine.

Steve Trachsel also looks like he’s getting back on track.  He gave up only a run in 6 2/3 innings.  Chad Bradford picked up the win when Michael Tucker homered in the eighth inning to give the Mets the lead.  The Mets won this one 3-1 with only four hits and two walks in the game.

Next up is four against the Phillies.  They’re still in second place in the NL East, like that matters.

August 10, 2006

Mets Sweep Padres, Extends Winning Streak to Five Games

by @ 4:34 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Man is this going to be a boring two months.  I’m looking forward to September and the callups when we get a chance to see some of the kids play.  In the meantime, hopefully Willie Randolph will be giving guys like Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Jose Reyes a break now and then.  The lead is now 14 games.

David Wright was the hero in Tuesday’s game.  He drove in the tying and go ahead runs on seperate singles and finished the game with three hits.  Beltran had three hits and a run while Steve Trachsel improved to 11-5 on the season.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.  Five relievers combined to shut out the Padres over the final 3 1/3 innings in the 3-2 win.

Pedro Martinez got the job done yesterday.  He threw 7 1/3 solid innings and improved to 9-4 on the year.  Endy Chavez had three hits and an RBI and Jose Reyes went two for five with a run, an RBI and a stolen base in the 4-3 win.

The Mets finished the sweep this afternoon.  Orlando Hernandez gave up two early runs but the Mets bounced back and took a one run lead with one run in the second.  The Padres actually tied this game up, but then the Mets broke things open with four runs in the seventh inning.  El Duque improved to 8-8 on the season and Jose Reyes had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in the 7-3 win.

Next up is three against the Nationals.  Yawn.

August 7, 2006

Mets Extend NL East Lead With Series Win Over Phillies

by @ 7:03 am. Filed under 2006 Season

A lot of you may have said this earlier, but I’m now calling the NL East race finished.  The Phillies had a chance to put a dent into an almost insurmountable lead and they failed.  At this point, with a thirteen game lead and even with two months, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Mets are heading to the playoffs.

Even better, the Mets are taking care of their own.  Jose Reyes is now ours for four years and David Wright signed of for six years.  This team is going to be good for a very long time.

Orlando Hernandez left the game in the sixth after some decent innings but in the very next frame, Darren Oliver gave up the lead.  Jose Reyes rewarded the Mets after his new contract with three hits in this one.  He drove in one run and scored another in the 5-3 loss.

On Saturday, the Mets came back from being three down in the first with one run in the bottom of the first and three more in the sixth.  Tom Glavine picked up his first win since late June and he gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings.  Billy Wagner picked up save number 24 and Endy Chavez drove in two runs in the 4-3 win.

It was Jose Reyes again last night.  His grand slam opened this one up and John Maine cruised to an easy win.  Once again, Maine wasn’t scored on as he threw six shutout innings.  Jose Valentin also homered in this one.

Next up is three games against the Padres with a day off today.  If the Phillies can somehow win the Wild Card, then the Padres would be our first round opponent.

August 4, 2006

Mets Continue to Ride Big NL East Lead, Drop Two of Three to Marlins

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Yeah, the Mets dropped two games to Marlins and yes, the Phillies have won eight of their last ten.  All of that is good for just a twelve game lead in the NL East.  Best I can calculate, the Mets magic number is 44.  Time to start counting it down.

Billy Wagner blew the game on Tuesday.  He gave up a two run walk off homerun to Josh Willingham in the ninth that blew a 5-4 lead.  Mike Pelfrey continues to adjust to the big leagues and he was okay.  Carlos Beltran continued his hot hitting and he went yard with number 33.  Jose Reyes hit his tenth homerun and he scored three times.

Steve Trachsel was given a solid lead and he rode that to his tenth win of the season.  Jose Reyes had stolen base number 44 and he scored twice.  Paul LoDuca had three hits in the 6-5 win.  Billy Wagner got the job done this time and saved his 23rd.  He struck out the side in the ninth.

We had a pretty good pitching matchup yesterday with Dontrelle Willis facing Pedro Martinez.  Martinez left the down 1-0 but he threw a very good game.  Aaron Heilman gave up three runs in the eighth that ended up being the difference.  Javier Valentin had three hits in the game.

Next up is three against our so called rivals in the NL East, the Phillies.  Time to take out the trash.

July 31, 2006

Mets Trade Xavier Nady for Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez

by @ 4:51 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

With Duaner Sanchez’s taxi cab accident, there was no doubt the Mets were going to go shopping for some pitching. The price was Xavier Nady who was spent most of his time in right field in a platoon situation.  Nady was having a solid year, but he netted the Mets the venerable Roberto Hernandez and the erratic Oliver Perez.

Roberto Hernandez will be 42 in November, and while his season has hardly been great, he gives Willie Randolph another right handed option out of the bullpen.  Hernandez is also a familiar face because he obviously was with the Mets last year.

Oliver Perez was 2-10 this year in what’s been a bizarre career.  A Cy Young candidate in 2004, Perez was injured last year and has been downright horrible this year.

While it’s a not block buster, Nady was expendable and we needed some arms.  While I’m not sure Perez will do much for us this year, Hernandez should proved Wagner with some solid set up work.  I like the trade, but I’m not overwhelmed.

July 30, 2006

Mets Bury Braves With Three Game Sweep

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Welcome back Pedro Martinez.  The Mets pitching has been a little subpar of late, and while Martinez was hardly stellar on Friday, he got the job done.  Obviously on a pitch count, Martinez game up four runs on five hits and two walks over six innings.  Jose Reyes and David Wright homered for the Mets and they both scored two runs.  Billy Wagner picked up his 21st save of the season.

Yesterday was a beatdown.  Carlos Beltran homered twice and drove in five and he could have beaten the Braves by himself.  Paul LoDuca had four hits and four different Mets scored twice.  Orlando Hernandez threw a very nice game and he gave up three unearned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings. 

Today was another offensive onslaught.  Carlos Beltran hit two more homeruns and drove in five more runs and Carlos Delgado jumped on the HR train as well.  He hit number 26 and drove in three runs.  Tom Glavine struggled again and Darren Oliver ended up picking up the win.  Wagner picked up save number 22.

The Phillies are back in second place and they’re playing as we speak.  Regardless, the Mets will have at least a 13 1/2 game lead, and we’re heading into August.

July 26, 2006

Mets Drop Two of Three to Lowly Cubs

by @ 6:19 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Thankfully, Pedro is coming back because this stuff has to stop.  The Cubs are one of the very worse teams in the league and they ran up eight runs in two different games and outscored us.  Then today it took us ten innings just to score a single run that ended up being the game winner.

Steve Trachsel is starting to show signs of wear.  On Monday, he gave up eight runs on ten hits including three homeruns in the loss.  The Mets actually put seven runs on the board to make it 8-7, but a loss is a loss.  Carlos Delgado drove in two and all seven runs were scored by different Mets.

Yesterday it was more of the same, only this time the Mets only scored six.  Tom Glavine was roughed up and like Trachsel, he’s showing signs of wearing down.  He gave up eight runs (five earned) on seven hits through 6 1/3 innings.  Carlos Beltran homered and drove in two while Endy Chavez homered and drove in three.

John Maine was spectacular today.  He threw seven shutout innings and didn’t get a win for his troubles.  The game went into extra frames and Jose Valentin singled home the winning run in the tenth inning.  Aaron Heilmann picked up his first win of the season in relief.

The Mets still have a twelve run lead.  Next up is a three game set with the Braves in Atlanta.  Pedro is being activated and should pitch in the opener on Friday.

July 23, 2006

Mets Win Another Series, This Time the Astros Are Victimized

by @ 5:19 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It’s weird because with the Wild Card wide open, the Mets can pretty much determine who their first round playoff opponent is.  If they ever have a series where they drop two or three games (I know, but it could happen), that team would have a distinct advantage over the teams like the Astros and Reds before them, who dropped two of three.

Rookie John Maine came out of nowhere on Friday and threw a four hit shutout.  The Mets played some extra inning games earlier in the week, so this was a welcome relief for the bullpen.  All seven runs were driven in by two guys.  Jose Valentin drove in four runs and Carlos Delgado drove in three.  Both guys hit homeruns.

Orlando Hernandez gave up three runs in the first and then calmed down and threw a nice game.  He ended up pitching scoreless ball the rest of the way and he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.  Xavier Nady gave the Mets the lead with a three run shot in the fourth inning.  Billy Wagner threw the ninth and picked up his 20th save of the season.

The Astros avoided being swept and actually got some offense.  Mike Pelfrey was knocked around and he didn’t even last five innings.  Carlos Delgado tagged Roy Oswalt for a three run shot.  It was homerun number 25, and Delgado now has his batting average up over .250. 

Next up are Cubs, who are way down in the standings.  In fact, they’re one of the very worst teams in the league and one of the few that aren’t realistically in the wild card mess.  This should be a beat down.

July 21, 2006

Carlos Beltran Hits Another Grand Slam in Series Win Over Reds

by @ 5:27 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Mets keep winning series, and as they do, the playoffs become more and more of an eventuality.  Ironically, the Mets went head to head with the team they’d play in the first round of the playoffs if they started today, and I like the results.

On Tuesday, solo shots by Xavier Nady and Javier Valentin gave the Mets an early lead, but it was Carlos Beltran’s seventh inning grand slam that put them up for good.  It was his second grand slam in as many days.  Mike Pelfrey looked solid and he gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts through six innings.  Six of the eight Mets hits were hit by the guys who hit homeruns.

Wednesday was a downer.  The Mets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second, then watched it evaporate with scoring another run the rest of the way.  The game was tied 4-4 when the Reds scored three in the bottom of the eighth.  Jose Reyes and David Wright each had two RBIs in this one.

The Mets got back on track yesterday, but they needed ten innings.  Cliff Floyd and Carlos Delgado hit solo shots but the Reds eventually tied it.  Then in the tenth Eric Chavez and Carlos Beltran each had an RBI double to give the Mets the runs they needed to win it. A solid start by Tom Glavine ended in a no decision and Pedro Feliciano picked up the win.  Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth and picked up his 19th save of the season.

Next up is a three game set against the Astros.  Matters for the Astros, not really for the Mets.  Our lead just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

July 17, 2006

Mets Continue to Roll, Take Two of Three Against the Cubs

by @ 2:38 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Pedro Martinez continues to get his rest and hopefully he’ll be back soon.  He has to tune up before the Mets make their playoff run.  The Braves appear to be making one last run at a playoff spot but with what’s still a twelve game lead, the Mets have plenty of room to work with.

On Friday, Steve Trachsel got the job done again.  He’s fit in to this rotation quite well and with guys like Tom Glavine tapering off, it’s nice to see Trachsel picking up his game.  Javier Valentin  had three hits and a run and Cliff Floyd went two for four with a run and an RBI.

Saturday was the downer.  Tom Glavine got beat up by the Cubbies and he dropped to 11-3.  Not a whole lot to report on the hitting side.  Valentin went two for four with a run and the Mets only managed five hits off of Carlos Zambrano.

Man, was last nights game weird.  The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the end of two and were coasting along until the sixth inning came around.  Then the Mets scored 11 runs in a brutal inning, including two grand slams.  Cliff Floyd homered twice and drove in five and Carlos Beltran hit the other grand slam.  Seven of the 11 runs scored with two outs.  Pedro Feliciano picked up the win in relief and overall, the Mets pen did a nice job. 

Next up is a three game series with the Reds. If the playoffs started today, the Mets would square off against the Reds.  Right now, it doesn’t matter much to the Mets.  I will be interested to see though if they make a move before the deadline.

July 10, 2006

Mets Split Four Game Series With Marlins Heading Into All Star Break

by @ 4:26 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Twelve games.  That’s the Mets lead in the NL East heading into the All Star break and that was after a mediocre performance against the Marlins.  Right now, the Mets are the best team in the National League and nothing makes me happier right now as I enjoy the All Star festivities.

Way back on Thursday, the Marlins touched up Jose Lima for six runs in the fourth to put this game away early.  Lima dropped to 0-4 but Darren Oliver had a nice game in relief.  He threw five innings of one hit ball to at least give the Mets a chance.  Chris Woodward hit a solo homerun and Xavier Nady drove in two runs in the 7-3 loss.

Game on Saturday didn’t go very well either.  Josh Johnson outdueled John Maine and the Marlins held on to beat the Mets 3-2.  Both Mets runs were scored in the fifth inning on bases loaded walks and the Mets only managed three hits the entire game.

The second game of the doubleheader was a completely different story though.  Five runs in the first were all the runs the Mets needed but by the end of seven, the Mets had rolled out 17 runs.  Javier Valentin, Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran all homered and Valentin finished the game with seven RBIs.  Beltran scored four times and Floyd finished with three runs and five RBIs in the 17-1 blowout.

Yesterday we got some late inning heroics.  Down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, David Wright hit a three run shot to put the Mets ahead.  The Marlins threatened in the ninth and picked up one run but Bill Wagner slammed the door after that and picked up his eighteenth save of the season.  Xavier Nady also homered and he drove in two runs.

Next up for the Mets after the All Star break is a three game set against the lowly Cubs.  Should be two of three and hoping the Mets come back rested for the second half.

July 7, 2006

Mets Extend NL East Lead With Series Win Over Pirates

by @ 4:34 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The more we play, the bigger our lead gets.  Twelve and a half games now, and we still have a few games before the break.  I’ll have to check and see if that’s some kind of record.

Although things didn’t start well in the Mets’ series with the Pirates.  On Monday, the Pirates scored eleven runs while rookie Paul Maholm held the Mets to a single run (Carlos Beltran Sac. Fly).  John Maine took the loss, but it was Chad Bradford and Pedro Feliciano who gave up the bulk of the runs (eight combined over two innings).  Jose Reyes had three hits and he scored the lone Mets run.

Then, like a good team, the Mets bounced back.  They were down 6-4 but three runs in the bottom of the eighth sealed this one up.  Xavier Nady singled home the go ahead run and he finished with three RBIs and three hits.  Jose Reyes had three more hits and two steals to bring his season total up to 37.  Duaner Sanchez picked up the win and he’s 5-0 while Billy Wagner saved his sixteenth game of the season.  Cliff Floyd and Jose Reyes collided in the outfield in this one but Floyd played the next day.

And what a day that was.  The Mets scored five runs in the first inning, and then neither team scored after that.  Orlando Hernandez, Chad Bradford and Duaner Sanchez combined for a seven hit shutout.  Javier Valentin drove in two runs and the Mets only racked up four hits, all by different people.

Yesterday, the Mets jumped all over rookie starter Gorzelanny.  By the end of the fifth we had a 7-2 lead but the Pirates made things interesting by scoring single runs in each of the last three innings to make it a 7-5 final.  David Wright homered and drove in two runs and Cliff Floyd and Jose Reyes each drove in two runs a piece.  Steve Trachsel continued to throw well and he gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings.  Wagner saved his 17th.

Pedro Martinez was put on the DL, which is fine.  The break is dead time and I don’t mind seeing him getting some time off to rest.  Next up is a four game set, which includes a double header on Saturday, against the Marlins.  Tough team to tell how we’ll do, but at this point, we can play .500 ball and still coast to the division win.

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