Archive for August, 2006

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Game 132: Loss

Rockies 8 Mets 4 OK, so the cork came off of the bottle holding the lightning of Oliver Perez. So we won’t have a flamethrowing lefty in the postseason. No biggie. Although Perez looked awful, and he had no command whatsoever, it did appear that he was throwing more pitches close to the mid-90s; he […]

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Game 131: Win

Mets 11 Rockies 3 This is just getting silly. The Mets have won 11 of their last 12, scored in double digits for the fourth time in the last week, Steve Trachsel has become a legitimate Cy Young candidate, and late-season retreads Dave Williams, Guillermo Mota, and Oliver Perez are making a strong case to […]

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Game 130: Win

Mets 10 Rockies 5 Steve Trachsel pitched six solid innings for maybe the third time this year, truly earning (for a change) his NL-leading 14th win. The Mets’ lineup, meanwhile, were limited to only ten runs; a fact directly attributed to the soggy baseballs coming out of the Colorado humidor. Once again Carlos Beltran supplied […]

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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 […]

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Game 128: Win

Mets 11 Phillies 5 After the first four innings, it looked like Omar Minaya might have caught lightning in a bottle with the Xavier Nady trade, as “throw-in” Oliver Perez resembled the 2004 form that made him more highly coveted than, say, Dontrelle Willis. Perez didn’t just breeze … he ripped through the Phillies batters […]

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Game 127: Loss

Phillies 4 Beltran 3 Brian Bannister looked pretty good in his first game back since obliterating his hamstring, but had some trouble with the top half of the Philadelphia lineup. Batters one through four had six of the Phils’ seven hits, with Chase Utley going 2-4 with a run and an RBI, and man-child Ryan […]

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Game 126: Win

Mets 6 Cardinals 2 The Metropolitans completed their sweep of St. Louis, in the process cementing their reputation as king of the National League. Once again Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado led the brigade, with some help from Paul LoDuca, David Wright, and newcomer Shawn Green. In his Mets debut, Green was showered with both […]

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Game 125: Win

Mets 10 Cardinals 8 Steve Trachsel did all that he could to blow the game, but the Mets scored too many runs and Willie Randolph removed him before he could complete the quest. Trachsel, the NL’s leader in wins (!) now with 13, gave up six hits, three walks, and six runs in five innings […]

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Heyman: Sour Grapes?

Just hours before the Shawn Green deal was announced, SI.com columnist Jon Heyman “broke” the story that the Mets were on the heels of a deal to bring Moises Alou to New York. The story to acquire the leftfielder came out of left field, as Heyman was the only legitimate news writer to broach the […]

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Postseason Pitching Plans

So we found out Tom Glavine does not need surgery. How does this affect the Mets’ postseason pitching plans, if at all? It probably doesn’t affect the postseason pitching at all, but his absence from a few starts might actually be a benefit to the postseason roster … if the Mets choose to put him […]

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Game 124: Win

Carlos x2 + Reyes 8 Albert Pujols 7 What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours ago, the Mets were scrambling in reaction to the possibility that Tom Glavine might be gone for the year, experiencing a potentially life-threatening problem. This latest issue was perhaps the straw that might break the playoff camel’s back, […]

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Make the Shawn Green Trade Already

We’ve been teased for weeks now. First, it was the question of whether Shawn Green would clear waivers. He did. Then, it was a question of him waiving his no-trade clause. Despite reports to the contrary, the no-trade appears to be a non-issue. Now, the question is money: how much and who pays it. Then, […]

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Game 123: Win

Mets 2 Rockies 0 While Mr. Hernandez basked on a beach somewhere sipping local rum and smoking a genuine Cuban cigar, El Duque was in Flushing pitching a masterful six innings. On the heels of the horrifying news that Tom Glavine might be done for the year, The Duke stepped up and pitched like an […]

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Game 122: Win

Mets 7 Rockies 4 After looking so helpless in their first three games against the Phillies, the Mets have quickly righted the ship, much to the pleasure of short-tempered, impatient, paranoid Mets fans such as myself. Before the game, it appeared the Mets would have a tough ballgame ahead of them. Dave Williams — who […]

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Game 121: Win

Mets 6 Rockies 3 Just a few days ago it seemed as though the Mets batters had gone away on vacation. It appears they have returned. David Wright is the latest batsman to pull out of a slump, as he went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Carlos Beltran also continued his breakout, going […]

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