Mets Game 50: Win Over Marlins

Mets 5 Marlins 3

Mets win! Mets win!

So the stopper stopped yet another losing streak.

Johan Santana pitched seven strong innings en route to his sixth win of the season. He allowed only three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out seven in the process. Duaner Sanchez gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, but stranded him in his scoreless frame, and Billy Wagner closed it up 1-2-3.

The Mets “exploded” for five runs on nine hits, with the second half of the lineup — all bench players — providing all the production. Damion Easley, Fernando Tatis, and Ramon Castro batted 5th, 6th, and 7th, and combined went 5-for-9 with 5 RBI and a run scored.

Notes

Fernando Tatis is hitting .429.

While the Mets won this game, it is still disconcerting that they scored only five runs. They had several opportunities to break the game open — really run away with it — but as usual, failed. For example, in the 8th, the Mets had runners on second and third with no outs and Matt Lindstrom on the mound, but couldn’t plate a run. Maybe I’m being too picky, or expecting too much.

Johan Santana hit his fourth double of the year. That ties him with Luis Castillo for fourth-best on the team, and is more than the combined total of Moises Alou and Brian Schneider. In addition, Santana’s slugging percentage is 30 points higher than Schneider’s.

Even though there were several “irregulars” in the lineup, I felt a lot more confident in the batters than usual. I’m certain it was because the lineup was devoid of one slow, thick-legged, pulse-less first baseman.

Next Game

The rubber match pits Oliver Perez against Scott Olsen in a 7:10 pm start. I really hate Olsen — he looks like a spoiled brat punk … but I’m sure he’s a really nice guy. Lets’ go Mets.

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. JIMMYJ723 May 28, 2008 at 12:00 am
    Looks to me like Delgado could use a few more days on the bench to, “clear his head.”

    Joe, do you know why Nick Evans was playing the OF instead of 1B?

  2. sincekindergarten May 28, 2008 at 4:41 am
    Can Santana be used as a pinch-hitter?

    Yeah, I’m not terribly fond of Mr. Olsen either, Joe, but would you change your opinion if he was wearing orange-and-blue?

  3. joe May 28, 2008 at 8:01 am
    Jimmy J – I believe Evans was playing LF because Willie Randolph was told “this guy can play left field”. Kind of like when Mike Jacobs came up with the Mets, and Willie had no idea the kid could catch. Now that Evans has caught everything hit to him, he might not ever see first base. Though, I think I like him there better than Tatis or Easley.

    SK – it took me a long time to enjoy watching Tom Glavine in orange and blue. And I hated seeing Bobby Bonilla in our uniform — though not nearly as much as I detested Roberto Alomar. (Alomar I hated before he ever suited up — that spitting thing in the WS rubbed me the wrong way.)

    Also had a hard time rooting for Karim Garcia … and Steve Trachsel … the list goes on …. so, I’d have to say no, my opinion on Olsen probably wouldn’t change. But, you never know.