Archive for July, 2006

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Game 102: Win

Mets 6 Braves 4 I was actually in Atlanta at Turner Field to watch this game. Lucky me, it was the largest crowd in Turner Field history and the best I could do were standing room only tickets. It figures: the Braves can’t sell out a World Series game, but the Mets are in first […]

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Game 101: Win

Mets 1 Cubs 0 Ahh … back to the winning ways … Could John Maine be the answer? He pitched beautifully through the first five innings, and when faced with a challenge in the sixth, responded in spectacular fashion. After Mark Prior struck out to lead off the inning, Juan Pierre reached on a swinging […]

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Another Heilman Harangue

No, the Mets are not trading Aaron Heilman for Aaron Harang (I don’t think). Pass on this post if you’re tired of my ranting about putting Aaron Heilman into the rotation. But I need to vent. With the trade deadline less than a week away, the pickings are slim. The ludicrous Dontrelle Willis rumors were […]

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Game 100: Loss

Cubs 8 Mets 6 Well at least they’re making their losses exciting … A last-inning rally chased Cubs closer Ryan Dempster and pushed the Mets within striking distance, but once again it was too little, too late. Paul LoDuca stranded the bases loaded with a weak popup to second baes to end the game. You […]

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Game 99: Loss

Cubs 8 Mets 7 So close … it looked as though the cardiac kids might pull out another late-inning win, but they fell just short. Steve Trachsel, who had put together a string of seven straight wins, looked more like himself in giving up three walks, ten hits, and eight runs in four and two-thirds […]

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Game 98: Loss

Astros 8 Mets 4 It could’ve been a sweep … After beating the ‘stros in the first two games, and coming out like gangbusters against ace Roy Oswalt with three runs in the first, it looked as though the Mets might be playing janitor on the Houstoners. But it was not to be. Rookie Mike […]

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Game 97: Win

Mets 4 Astros 3 It looked like it was going to be another ugly El Duque outing, as Orlando Hernandez gave up three quick runs in the first inning. However, he immediately righted the ship and ended up pitching seven strong innings, giving up only those three runs and four hits total wit eight strikeouts. […]

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Game 96: Win

Mets 7 Astros 0 Wow … what more can you say about John Maine, who threw a four-hit, complete-game shutout. OK, we enjoyed it, it was beautiful, kudos to John … now let’s fall back to earth and look at this in perspective. The Astros have been struggling at the plate of late. In addition, […]

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Game 95: Win

Mets 4 Reds 2 Tom Glavine failed again in his attempt to win his 12th game, but he likely bought Chad Bradford dinner for avoiding his 4th loss. Glavine was throwing an excellent game until the seventh, when Ryan Freel led off with a double, was sacrificed to third, and then was joined on the […]

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Game 94: Loss

Reds 7 Mets 4 Steve Trachsel proved not even a Vulcan can overcome a two-hour rain delay. Why Mr. Willie put the pointy-eared Mr. Finicky out there after such a long layoff is anybody’s guess, especially when he had both Darren Oliver and John Maine fresh and ready to go. Maybe he was confused by […]

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Game 93: Win

Mets 8 Reds 3 Is Mike Pelfrey the answer? For six innings, it sure looked like he might be. Of course, it was only his second ML start, and even Mr. Willie was barely interested in the results. He thoroughly downplayed Pelfrey’s performance, keeping to his “even keel” way about things, and vehemently insisted that […]

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Fonzie Back; Lima Won’t Leave

While nobody was looking, the Mets signed free-agent Edgardo Alfonzo to a minor league contract and assigned him to Norfolk. Fonzie’s return comes after being dumped by three teams in the past two years; after three so-so season with the Giants, he was shipped to the Angels for Steve Finley, but was released after batting […]

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Game 92: Win

Mets 13 Cubs 7 OK, I’ll admit it: in the second inning, after El Duque gave up two walks, seven hits, and five runs, I was ready to to turn off the TV and do something else with my Sunday evening. Then came the sixth. Hooo boy! Two grand slams, 17 batters, about 75 pitches […]

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Game 91: Loss

Cubs 9 Mets 2 Early on, Tommy Glavine looked to be back to his usual self, though the home plate umpire seemed to be squeezing him on the corners. It’s apparent in this stage of his career that if Tommy isn’t getting the corners, he’s going to stuggle; though he can still be effective, it […]

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Game 90: Win

Mets 6 Cubs 3 I missed the game … I hate 1pm games on workdays … Sounds like Uncle Cliffy’s bat has woken up … thank goodness … though just in time to fill in an RBI slot for Beltran, who may be having another one of those hurt-but-not-enough-for-DL spurts. Glavine vs. Zambrano … should […]

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