Game 80: Win

Mets 8 Yankees 3

What the Mets couldn’t do against five Yankee pitchers the night before, they managed to accomplish against one of the greatest lefthanders in baseball history.

The Metsies erupted for seven runs in the first four innings against Randy Johnson, then tacked on an eighth run in the sixth inning, finally chasing dandy Randy from the game.

Helping to snap the four-game losing streak was Mets new DH Paul LoDuca, who went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. D-Wright also had 2 RBI, as did Ramon Castro. Jose Reyes had two hits and two runs scored, and it’s getting more and more clear that he is the real MVP of the Mets. When Reyes gets on, the Mets usually win. When he doesn’t get on base, they usually lose.

Steve Trachsel enjoyed another adequate outing, giving up only two runs in six innings. However, he did allow eleven baserunners.

Notes

The Mets won with Eli Marrero starting in LF, Chris Woodward at 2B, Julio Franco at 1B and Ramon Castro behind the plate. No Carlos Delgado, no Clifford Floyd.

Mr. Willie tried to blow the game by bringing in Billy Wagner with a five-run lead, but Wagner was able to strike out two and retire all three batters faced. He did, however, nearly blow out his ankle covering first on the game-ending play. So although Randolph couldn’t find a way to lose the game, he nearly succeeded in losing his closer.

Aaron Heilman was a little off in this game, and he seemed to be dropping too low again. Not all the time, just a pitch here and there. He’s got to figure out a checkpoint of some sort that will keep his release point consistent.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.