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.
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.
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.