Mets Game 59: Win over Tigers

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Mets pitcher Jorge Sosa pitching against the Detroit TigersWho is this guy in Jorge Sosa’s skin?

With each game, it becomes more clear that he picked up more than mechanical improvements while in N’Awlins … there had to be some voo-doo involved as well.

Sosa won his sixth game in seven starts, shutting out the MLB leader in runs over eight innings, allowing only four hits and two walks and striking out five, using 116 pitches in the process.

Sosa’s slider was devastating, and his fastball had good movement, but he also benefitted from a generous strike zone and some fantastic fielding plays — particularly by Jose Reyes, Carlos Gomez, and David Wright. The Mets defense seems to turn it up a notch when he’s on the mound, so the survey to the right — who is the Mets’ stopper — may well be answered with Jorge Sosa.

As well as Sosa pitched, Tigers’ journeyman Chad Durbin was nearly as good, also going eight full innings. He gave up only six hits and three walks, but made mistakes against David Wright and Carlos Delgado that wound up over the fence. Wright’s fourth-inning, two-out blast was sent over the opposite-field, rightfield wall, and Delgado drove a prodigious shot well into the right-center stands leading off the seventh. Delgado added a shallow sacrifice fly in the ninth to score Carlos Gomez — who by the way left a bit early but got away with it.


Paul LoDuca was the DH and remained hot, going 2-for-4 while Ramon Castro caught.

The homers by Wright and Delgado were the tenth of the season for each batter.

Ricky Ledee made it to Detroit in time to start in leftfield. My stomach felt great until I saw his name etched into the ninth spot in the order. Luckily he didn’t hurt anyone.

Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two and touching 97 MPH a few times on the radar gun.

Next Game

The Mets and Tigers do it again at 3:55 PM EST, with Oliver Perez going against Jeremy Bonderman in what promises to be another pitching duel. Unfortunately, the game is carried by FOX. Fortunately, most TV remote controls today come with a MUTE button.

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.
  1. sincekindergarten June 9, 2007 at 6:11 am
    We paid $1.125 million for Sosa. Omar stole him from St. Louis. And people said Omar had a bad offseason . . .

    I think that, when Shawn Green comes off the DL, that he’s going to be high-fiving Ben Johnson through the door. Gomez obviously wants to stay for a while, judging from his defensive play.

  2. joe June 9, 2007 at 9:08 am
    Sosa’s been a great find indeed. Maybe it’s time to do a re-evaluation on Omar’s “bad” offseason !

    Though I’d love to see Gomez stay, not sure if the Mets want him up here not getting at-bats. Johnson, like Gomez, plays hard and hustles all the time. I understand that he’s nowhere near Gomez when it comes to speed and defense, but he may be “good enough” for what the Mets need when Green comes back.

    Actually, we may see Gotay go down, or Easley go on the DL.

  3. sincekindergarten June 9, 2007 at 1:48 pm
    I just posted my opinion over at MetsBlog–either Ledee goes on the N’awlins shuttle, or Easley goes on the DL.