Game 62: Win
Mets 15 Diamondbacks 2
Finally, Pedro got a win. For a while there, it looked like he might go two months without one.
The Mets scored enough runs that it didn’t matter, but Pedro, for the second straight contest, did not look like Pedro. He did not have his command — again — and as a result threw way too many pitches. The third inning, in particular, was nerve-wracking, as Pedro went 3-2 to pitcher Russ Ortiz before walking him, and then gave up a single to Craig Counsell. Even without his good stuff, Pedro worked out of it, getting Jeff DaVanon to pop up and whiffing Luis Gonzalez.
By the end of the fifth, Pedro had thrown 91 pitches, and the Metties were up 13-1, so his early departure was no big deal. Hopefully, though, he’ll get back on track in time for the Orioles series.
Fresh off the heels of being named one-half of the Mets’ second base platoon, Chris Woodward had another big day with the bat, going 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. He’s batting .300 on the year and it looks like he’s finally going to get a well-deserved chance to play semi-regularly. Though I don’t envision him as an everyday player, I think he’ll perform very well in his new, more regular role. That is, until the Mets bring in Jose Vidro …
Carlos Beltran is hot like the equator. He had two more hits, four RBI, and three runs scored. He’s batting .297 and currently earning every penny of his many-million-dollar salary.
Two Carloses for the price of one: Carlos Delgado is not only out of his slump, he’s hitting like a man on a mission. Three for four with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and a walk. With the Carloses and David Wright hitting the way they are, no one has even noticed the absence of Cliff Floyd from the lineup. And once Floyd gets back, there won’t be any pressure on him to mash … meaning he’ll be relaxed and likely another monster to deal with.
Speaking of walks, it was great to see Jose Reyes walk three times today. He now has 26 walks in 60 games; last year, he had 27 walks in 160.
It seemed like everyone hit the ball in this game … even Julio Franco and newcomer Eli Marrero had hits. And Endy Chavez had two hits, two walks, and scored all four times.
Even Heath Bell was allowed to enter the game. All it took was a thirteen-run lead for Willie to feel comfortable putting him on the mound. Who knows, we may see him in seven- or eight-run games before July!
Mets are off Monday, and on their way to Philadelphia for a three game set. The Phillies are coming off a thrashing put to them by the Nationals, who three of four from them over the weekend. After that it is off to Cincinnati, who lost three of four to the Cubs. If timing is indeed everything, the Mets are facing these teams at the perfect times. We’ll know about a week from now.