Mets 9 Rockies 2
What a difference a day makes.
After losing five straight games, the Mets came out like gangbusters, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and commanding the game thereafter.
Claudio Vargas, pitching on three days’ rest, was impressive, going seven full innings and allowing only four hits and one earned run.
Frighteningly, I must share this comment from loyal reader “sincekindergarten”:
# sincekindergarten Says:
May 24th, 2008 at 1:47 pm e
Oh – according to the lineup on MetsBlog, not only is Tatis in RF today, but Nick Evans, just called up from Binghamton, will be in LF. This is the day that the Mets will score 14 runs, and Vargas will get 7 IP with the win (1 ER, 4 H).
OK, the Mets didn’t score 14, but, wow, SK … how about giving me some lotto numbers?
With Marlon Anderson placed on the DL, and Brady Clark’s season ending due to knee surgery, the Mets promoted AA hotshot 1B-OF Nick Evans and inserted him into the eighth spot of the order. Evans responded with a 3-for-4 day — all three hits were doubles — and drove in two. He also caught about 19 fly balls in leftfield. All right, maybe not 19, but he did seem to make an inordinate amount of putouts — 6 or 7 by my count.
Ramon Castro also went 3-for-4, including a double. Carlos Beltran had only one hit all day, but it was a big one: a bases-loaded double in the first that plated all three runners; it was his 14th two-bagger of the season. David Wright smacked his 9th homer of the year, and Carlos “I’m Not Dead Yet” Delgado homered as well — for the third straight game. It’s as if Delgado reads MetsToday and is determined to prove me wrong. If that’s the case, tell you what Carlos: I still think you stink! (keep the dingers coming).
Delgado might have to keep going a yard, if Nick Evans hits three doubles every game.
With that youthful, clean-shaven, half-frightened look, the old-school closed stance, and punching the ball to right field, Nick Evans looks to me like a guy who could have been a ’69 Met.
Fernando Tatis was plunked by reliever Alberto Arias in the seventh, and it appeared to me to be a purpose pitch — particularly since Arias missed him by inches the first two pitches, and kept staring at Tatis after hitting him. There wasn’t anything in the game to cause sour feelings, so maybe these two have a history from playing against each other in AAA or the Caribbean league.
The rubber match pits John Maine against Aaron Cook in a 3:05 pm EST start. Cook’s a tough cookie, so if Maine does well it could be a pitchers’ duel. You can watch it on CW 11 or listen to it on WFAN and XM 184.
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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.