Mets Game 37: Win Over Nationals

Mets 6 Nationals 3

John Maine had another stellar outing, going six innings and allowing only two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, while striking out five, in leading the Mets to their 20th win of the season

Maine, however, left the game with the score tied, and the Mets managed to go up 4-2 to make him eligible for the win. At that point, it was up to the bullpen to preserve Maine’s fifth win.

Newly activated Matt Wise gave up a run in the seventh, and Duaner Sanchez held the Nats scoreless in the eighth despite getting in a bit of a jam.

The Mets added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, combining aggressive baserunning with sloppy play by Lastings Milledge.

Billy Wagner came on in the ninth to preserve the victory.

Notes

First-half MVP Ryan Church went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI to lead the offense. He hit his eighth homer and seventh double on the year. Even his outs are hit hard.

Fellow former Nat Brian Schneider also took it to his former team, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Both players are hitting over .320 on the season, while Lastings Milledge is languishing around .245. It’s still early though.

David Wright and Moises Alou had two hits apiece, with Wright slamming his 13th double.

Carlos Delgado had one hit, a bunt single in the second against the shift. Let’s see more of that Carlos, and force teams to play you straight up, eh?

Nice to see John Maine hit Felipe Lopez to start the game. About time someone on the Mets’ pitching staff takes charge to establish that the Mets are not to be messed with, and who is boss. Also like to see that nasty streak in Maine eek out every once in a while … it can’t hurt to have hitters worrying about getting him mad.
Next Game

Just-promoted Claudio Vargas goes to the hill against the unknown pitcher in a 7:10 PM start. The contest will be carried on SNY, WFAN, and XM 185.

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.
  1. sincekindergarten May 14, 2008 at 5:07 am
    It’s those types that stay to themselves in the clubhouse that you have to worry about . . . I didn’t see the first batter episode. Personally, I would have thrown at Elijah Dukes’ head.

    As for Millegde, there was a comment on MetsBlog which went something like this: “At least the guy we got back doesn’t need a GPS to play in the outfield.” So far, I’d say we got the better of that deal, don’t ‘cha think?

    I remember hearing of a story, last year, where The Jacket sat John Maine down, and worte someone’s stats on a board in front of him. The Jacket asked him, “Are these the stats of a #1 or #2 starter?” Maine responded, “Yes!” So, The Jacket wrote the name, “Jake Peavy” next to the stats. The second set of stats went on the board, and the question was asked again. The name, “Tim Hudson” went next to the second set of stats. A third set was written, with the same question (and same answer) with the name, “John Smoltz” after the stats. A fourth set went up, and the question was asked again . . . with the name, “John Maine” put next to the fourth set of stats. The Jacket went on to say words to this effect: “You have great stuff–the numbers bear it out. Start thinking like you’re a #1 starter.

    Apparently, he is.

  2. Micalpalyn May 14, 2008 at 10:42 am
    Nice!

    Prior to Santana’s debut, Maine pitched the final Spr game against the CWS. It is my opinion that Maine should NOT have started that game but been #2 to Santana.

    I still dont like Ollie following Santana.

    Schneider is starting to take the reigns of this team. did he having anything to do with calling that pitch that hit Lopez?

    Will Church move to the #3 or #4 spot in the line up?