Mets Game 91: Win Over Giants
Mets 5 Giants 0
Finally, Johan Santana won one for Jerry Manuel.
Santana pitched five stellar innings before rain halted the game, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, no runs, and striking out 5. He sliced through the San Francisco lineup like a hot knife through butter, never getting into major trouble.
Ramon Castro provided all the scoring Santana would need, blasting a three-run homer in the fourth. However, a 45-minute rain delay ended his outing.
When play resumed, Aaron Heilman took over and pitched two hitless innings before handing over the 3-0 lead to Duaner Sanchez, who spun a scoreless eighth. The Mets tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, on RBI singles by the non-brothers Reyes. Argenis Reyes drove in Carlos Delgado, took second on an error by Fred Lewis, then scored on another single by Jose Reyes.
Joe Smith came on to finish up the Mets’ second consecutive shutout.
They Might Be Giants, but they’re not hitting as such. Not only were they shutout again, but they again were held to a measly three hits. Is Mets pitching this good, or the Giants offense that bad?
Carlos Delgado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. He is making a legitimate charge to .250, a mark I didn’t think he’d ever reach again (isuzudude, it’s your job to text me when it happens). The million-dollar question is, do the Mets assume he’ll remain this useful through the end of the year and keep him around, or try hawking him to an AL club while his stock is rising?
In addition to his homer, Ramon Castro added a single to go 2-for-4. Jose Reyes and Endy Chavez were the only other Mets with hits, but the team walked six times.
With five straight wins, the Mets have the longest winning streak going in MLB right now. They’re 7-3 in their last ten games — easily the hottest team in the NL East.
The Phillies finally won, beating the Cardinals 4-2, so the gap between them and the Mets remains a game and a half. Cardinals starter Mark Mulder suffered a major setback in his return from shoulder surgery, leaving the game after only 16 pitches. Watch St. Louis get aggressive on the trade market in the next few days. My guess is they’ll take a shot at Greg Maddux.
The Mets go for a series sweep — isn’t that a great thing to state? — at 1:10 pm. John Maine goes to the mound against Barry Zito.