Game 125: Win

Mets 10 Cardinals 8

Steve Trachsel did all that he could to blow the game, but the Mets scored too many runs and Willie Randolph removed him before he could complete the quest.

Trachsel, the NL’s leader in wins (!) now with 13, gave up six hits, three walks, and six runs in five innings … and still got the win. Must be nice to pitch for the 2006 Mets, eh?

The bullpen did their usual fantastic job of pulling Trachsel out of trouble and securing the win. Although Chad Bradford finally gave up a run, it was a long time coming … and he must be commended at least for inducing Albert Pujols to ground out to end the seventh inning.


Jose Reyes was a dynamo, going 3-4 with a walk, 2 SBs, 3 RBI, 2 runs, and his 15th homer of the year. He would have been 4-4 if not for yet another amazing, diving grab by a St. Louis outfielder (this time it was Preston Wilson). Reyes has been blistering the ball all over the place the last few days, and no doubt would have had at least four more hits in the series if not for the web gems against him.

Carlos Delgado continued his hot streak with two doubles; he’s looking great and confident at the plate, allowing tough pitches to pass by and putting himself into excellent hitting counts.

In the bottom of the first, Mark Mulder intentionally walked David Wright with men on second and third to face Chris Woodward. Woody responded by smacking a bases-clearing triple. He finished the day with two hits and an injection of much-needed confidence. Hopefully he’ll get another start on Thursday to further shake off the rust.

Dave Williams vs. Jason Marquis. I’ll be at Shea in the right field stands wearing a blue and orange yarmulke and Mets logo, singing “Meet the mensch, greet the mensch … come on out and see the mensch!”

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.