Game 129: Win

Mets 8 Phillies 3

John Maine looked great — again — and the Phillies rolled over and played dead on a dreary, wet afternoon that makes even professionals not want to play baseball.

Luckily, Maine and the Mets showed up, and spanked the Phillies all over Shea. Jose Reyes, Paul LoDuca, Carlos Delgado, and Endy Chavez all had two hits apiece, and David Wright continued his slump by driving in only two runs and scoring one. Chris Woodward was the only non-pitcher to go hitless, but he drove in a run to remain productive.

Maine went six and a third, allowing only five hits, two walks, and two earned runs — both came on a homerun by Met killer Pat Burrell.


Jose Reyes hit another triple, his 16th of the season. He might have been able to turn it into an inside-the-park homerun, but stayed at third on the wet basepaths.

Jamie Moyer looked like a 43-year-old lefty throwing 80-MPH slop. I guess the shoe fits.

Guillermo Mota finally gave up a hit, and a run, but it was to the inhuman Ryan Howard so it wasn’t a big deal. Other than Howard, Mota was perfect, striking out two. He and Roberto Hernandez are a fearsome one-two power punch, and make you nearly forget that the Mets also have ChadBrad and Aaron Heilman getting everybody out. Add these four to Billy Wagner — who struck out the side in his first outing in five days — and there you have the best bullpen in the Major Leagues. Imagine if Oliver Perez proves worthy enough to be a deadly lefty in that ‘pen, come October? Scary. Very scary.

Speaking of scary, Steve Trachsel goes for his 14th win in Colorado on Tuesday against Byung-Hyun Kim. Trax will have to figure out a strategy against the Rockies’ recent callup, a Japanese import who is batting .412 with a .500 OBP in his last five games. Some guy named Kaz Matsui ….

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