Archive for May, 2006

Game 52: Win

Mets 1 Diamondbacks 0 When the Mets broke camp at the end of March, I couldn’t figure out how or why both Endy Chavez and Jose Valentin made the big league roster. I was convinced that both of these guys were dead weight, and would be gone long before the end of May. At the […]

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Game 51: Loss

Diamondbacks 7 Mets 2 So much for Soler. Alay Soler really looks to have good stuff, a decent head on his shoulders, and good command. Unfortunately, the Arizona hitters took a liking to his pitching and battered him around for most of the five innings he performed. Even taking away the homerun by Eric Byrnes […]

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Game 50: Win

Mets 8 Diamondbacks 7 Bottom of the ninth, tie game, bases loaded, no outs, Carlos Delgado at the plate, David Wright on deck … if you’re the visiting pitcher, how do you get out of it ? The answer is obvious: you don’t. The only question was who was going to do it to you. […]

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Game 49: Win

Mets 7 Marlins 3 El Duque made his Mets debut in fine fashion, fulfilling the team’s need for a fifth starter to get through the fifth inning. He looked pretty good, outside of a three-run second inning, and likely would have been able to pitch into at least the seventh had he not been under […]

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Game 48: Win

Mets 7 Marlins 4 Ah, back on track … losing to the Marlins with Pedro on the mound against not-Dontrelle was a bit hard to swallow. Not sure what was more remarkable about this game: the fact that the Mets hitters had an easier time against D-Train than Josh Who?, or that it STILL takes […]

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Game 47: Loss

Marlins 5 Mets 1 It’s a game against the Marlins after a day off, so everyone is well-rested. Pedro Martinez is pitching for the Mets, and D-Train is NOT pitching for the Marlins; they’re throwing some schlub rookie who was promoted from the bullpen to stop a gap. You figure it’s an easy win, right? […]

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Game 46: Loss

Phillies 5 Mets 3 As expected, Jeremi Gonzalez was awful again, giving away the game in the first inning. Though he pitched “well” after the first inning, the damage had been done. Not even the heroics of “slugger” Jose Reyes, who hit another home run as well as a double and a single, could deter […]

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Game 45: Win

Mets 5 Phillies 4 The Mets have the best record in baseball in one-run games, but I really wouldn’t mind if they won by two or three once in a while. Actually, the number of one-run games at this point is a little scary. It is reminiscent of a team from last year that was […]

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Game 44: Win

Mets 9 Phillies 8 So much for shortening the game … If nothing else, the Mets have chutzpah. Once again, they fought back in this game, never having the lead until Beltran mashed the ball into the right field stands. Their tenacious, never-say-die attitude is something that has become a characteristic of the club. Even […]

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Game 43: Win

Mets 4 Yankees 3 “Enter Sandman” is a fitting song for Billy Wagner. I change the words: “… watch with one eye open, gripping your pillow tight … ” That was exactly what I was doing: covering my face, watching with one eye open, and yes I was gripping the sofa pillow tight as I […]

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Game 42: Loss

Yankees 5 Mets 4 What a disaster. Mere hours after an overwhelmingly dramatic win over the Yanks in the opening game, Wille Randolph goes ahead and gives one back to his former team. That’s right, I said Willie Randolph, not Billy Wagner. I’m not a “Monday morning quarterback”, and criticize people after the fact. I […]

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Game 41: Win

Mets 7 Yankees 6 WOW ! A great game to watch, a fantastic outcome. So much for the Mets’ playing down the subway series, comments that this wasn’t such a big game, etc. It sure didn’t look like “just another game” after LoDuca scored the winning run, hands raised, egging the fans, and guys mobbing […]

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Pitching Options

Two things are very clear: the Mets must do something with their starting pitching immediately if they wish to stay on top of the division, and they refuse to exercise the most logical option (put Heilman in there). LimaTime is over. Jeremi Gonzalez is not the answer, either. This team is relying on Steve Trachsel […]

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Lima Time is Bull

In case you’re wondering, the picture to the right is of the great matador, Jose Lima Granada, a.k.a., “Lima de Estepona”. I show it here as a frame of reference and inspiration to Jose Lima, a.k.a., “Lima Tiempo”. Check it out, Jose. No, not the fancy threads and phat hat, though I’m sure those are […]

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Game 40: Loss

Cardinals 6 Mets 3 Though the final score showed a three-run deficit, the game was never really that close. In fact, it was over by the end of the second inning (for many, it was over the moment Jose Lima took the mound). It’s painfully clear that it is no longer Lima Time. What’s unclear, […]

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