Wow! What a game… the Mets win in 12 innings on Carlos Delgado’s second home run of the game. Now I remember how bad Armando Benitez is. He balked twice with Jose Reyes on base, and then gave up the game winning homer to Delgado. Benitez wilts under pressure every time. He did it for the Orioles and Mets, now the Giants are the victims.
Tim Lincecum looked great for the Giants. He’s got some great pitches and throws incredibly hard for a small guy. I’ll be shocked if he isn’t in the major leagues for a long time. Oliver Perez didn’t look so good, but battled through early adversity with back to back homers in the first inning. I’m really glad to see Perez fighting through early trouble to pitch a decent game.
That was the best game of the year so far, and the fans only got to boo Barry Bonds in one pinch hit at-bat.
Sweeping the Marlins was a nice comeback from the series loss to the Braves in Atlanta. Fortunately, the Braves got swept themselves in Philly this weekend. The Mets enter this week 4.5 games ahead of the Braves in the standings. The Marlins aren’t very good and never should’ve fired Joe Girardi after last season. He was the best thing that happened to that team since winning the World Series in ’03.
The Bonds media circus comes to Flushing this week. I’m with Hank Aaron on Bonds. I don’t care about Barry Bonds and won’t recognize him as the all-time home run champion. As far as I’m concerned Hank will still have the record. That’s all that I’ll say about him.
The pitching matchup of the series in Tuesday night. Tim Lincecum against Oliver Perez. I’m looking forward to seeing what Lincecum can do, he throws heat for a little guy. I understand he pitches a lot like Roy Oswalt.
The Mets and John Maine had a great game last night. Carlos Delgado finally showed the power that the Mets are paying $14M/year for. I was really starting to wonder if he was injured and not telling anyone.
The story of the game for me was Maine. He had a nice game after three sub par starts. I do like the way he pitches but there are two things about him that are unusual. One, he pitches high in the strike zone consistently. Two, he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball and doesn’t have any other great pitches to go along with it.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. I think his success is predicated on if the umpire is calling the vertical strike zone. If the umpire is “old school” and won’t call a strike above the belt, Maine will be in trouble.
Maine seems to lose focus occasionally during the game, but doesn’t get rattled when he’s in trouble. I believe he’ll have long term success as a starter despite his unusual propensity to throw high strikes.
I haven’t written anything in quite a while. It’s time to get back to business on this site. It’s hard to criticize this team. The Mets have the best record in the NL and are 2.5 games ahead of the Braves. What more can you ask for? I’ll tell you…
Aaron Heilman (5-2 3.43 ERA) isn’t the best option anymore for the eighth inning. Joe Smith (1-0 1.31 ERA) is. Willie always sticks with veterans for much longer than he should. Smith isn’t just a side-arming situational righty. He can get anyone out.
Speaking of veterans: Julio Franco is done, caput, finished. He’s taking up a valuable roster spot. If he had any pride he would retire today instead of taking the money that the Mets owe him for the rest of the year. Maybe he could make the Long Island Ducks roster, maybe.
Shawn Green has a small crack in his foot after he fouled the ball off it last night. He’s having a nice season so far (.314 5 HR 22 RBI). But he isn’t worth nearly the $9M that they’re paying him this year. I know he’s got 12 doubles, 1 triple, and 4 SB’s but he’s really lost a lot of the pop in his bat. Carlos Gomez, Lastings Milledge, or Fernando Martinez will make a bigger impact on the team next year.
I’m not too worried about losing series after series to the Braves. As long as they stay in the rear view mirror I’m happy. Let’s hope it stays that way.