Mets Game 41: Win Over Yankees
Mets 11 Yankees 2
The Mets scored, then they scored, and then they scored some more, in spanking the last-place Yankees (gawd I loved typing that).
Yes I hate interleague play and this Mets-Yankees thing is getting old, but I do enjoy watching the Yanks get spanked by the orange and blue. That 2000 World Series still stings.
The Mets jumped on ace Chien-Ming Wang for four runs in the fourth, but it should have been six. Carlos Delgado hit the cheapest homerun of his career to make it six-nothing Mets, but the third base umpire changed his mind and called the fair ball foul. Eventually, Delgado singled in a run to make the score four-zip, but there is a BIG difference between a 4-0 lead and 6-0 lead; the latter demoralizes a team, the former lets them think they still have a chance.
The score means a lot in baseball, which as Yogi Berra once eloquently stated, is at least 70% half-mental. Baseball is all about momentum, and when you can score six runs in one inning against the other team’s ace, your opponent tends to bury its head in its hands and go through the motions the rest of the game.
And as it turned out, Delgado’s lost tater didn’t matter, because the Mets exploded for another six runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Lost in all the offensive excitement was the dominating performance by Oliver Perez. O’Pea allowed only three hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings in shutting down the A-Rodless Yanks. He was totally focused on the mound, brimming with confidence, and showing similar body language to his 2006 postseason appearances. Now if only he can turn that “on” more often, he’d be on the top level of NL lefthanders.
Willie Randolph should have gotten himself thrown out of the game when Delgado’s homerun was overturned — it would have been an ideal time to erase his image as too-calm guy who doesn’t fight for his players. He was steamed, for sure, but not steamed enough to get tossed. Just once he should lose his mind, get ejected, and quiet the critics — the Bronx was the perfect place. Instead, bench coach Jerry Manuel was thrown out of the game. Believe me when I tell you I don’t think a manager has to get thrown out of games to be effective — but right now, Randolph’s future is tied directly to public perception. So, if he needs to get tossed to appease the fans, the pundits, the talkradio morons, and thereby save his job … well, pull an Earl Weaver, will ya?
Ryan Church hit an absolute bomb in the sixth, depositing a ball into the “batter’s eye” (a.k.a., the “fake” bleachers in centerfield). The blast was reminiscent of Reggie Jackson’s fifth homer of the 1977 World Series (and third straight of Game Six) hit off Charlie Hough. I bring up Reggie Jax because he turned 62 on Sunday.
Yankee Stadium was loud as heck after Reyes deposited the ball into the right field bleachers. Nice.
The makeup game won’t happen on Monday because a) MLB won’t make enough money on the two NYC teams with a spur-of-the-moment Monday night game; and b) the Mets have a double-dip on Tuesday in Atlanta. So, Monday remains an off day, and on Tuesday we’ll see John Maine face Tom “Undevastated” Glavine at 1:05 pm, and Claudio Vargas vs. Jorge Campillo in the nightcap at 7:05 pm.