Game 104: Win
Mets 10 Braves 6
Wow! The first time the Mets swept the Braves at home since Fidel Castro overthrew Batista!
OK, maybe not that long (maybe since Ramon Castro overthrew Tony Batista on a steal attempt), but pretty close.
The story begins and ends with Carlos Beltran, who is making a major run for the MVP. His grand slam in the second put the game away early, and he added another bomb in the fifth for good measure. It was his third granny of the month, and he’s on the same kind of tear that earned him his 100-million-dollar salary in the second half of 2004. If he doesn’t get another hit the rest of the year, he’ll still get a good number of MVP votes.
In Beltran’s shadow was the other Carlos, Delgado, who hit a bomb in the first and “quietly” went 4-for-5 with a walk, a run, the homer, two doubles, and three RBI. He’s back — with a vengeance.
Jose Reyes had three hits, and D-Wright, X-man, and the Stache all had two apiece.
As awesome as the lineup performed, starting pitcher Tom Glavine was in stark contrast: horrible. Given an early 7-zip lead, Glavine struggled mightily, giving up three runs in the bottom of the second and another three in the fourth before Mr. Willie reluctantly removed him from the game. He was denied a five-inning outing, and thus his 12th win, but Randolph had no choice. Glavine was struggling with his command and his velocity from the get-go, and used neither his curveball nor an inside fastball. I’m not sure what the problem is, but he has two months to figure it out and get himself right. As much as it pains me to see him throwing like a frightened old man, I’d rather he have his slump now than the beginning of October. Cause for concern? Certainly. However, he’s experienced really bad times before and come back fighting and remarkably effective. With this perhaps his last opportunity to pitch in the playoffs / WS, he’ll no doubt find a way to win when the big games come, even if it means reinventing himself once again. In the meantime, I’ll kick and scream and throw things at the TV as he squanders away mountainous leads.
On the bright side of the mound, the bullpen remains lights out. Darren Oliver, ChadBrad, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, and Billy Wagner held the Braves scoreless from the fifth inning on. It’s too bad it took six pitchers to win a 10-run game, but at least they have Monday off.
Chipper Jones went on the DL, one day after his sub Wilson Betemit was sent to LA. Willy Aybar led off and had a great game in Chipper’s place, going 4-for-6 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. So maybe the Braves knew just what they were doing with that deal.
Former Met phenom Tyler Yates pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out 4. Annoying to see him in a Brave uniform.