Archive: September 22nd, 2007

Mets Game 154: Win Over Marlins

Mets 7 Marlins 2

The Mets allowed Byung-Hyun Kim to pitch five innings, but battered him around enough to make it an easy game for Oliver Perez.

The New York offense pounded Kim for five runs on three hits and two walks, then scored two more against the Florida bullpen to provide Perez with a significant cushion — key considering that Billy Wagner was unavailable once again with back spasms.

Ollie went 8 innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits. He walked none and struck out 8 in a very strong performance. Aaron Heilman played closer for a day and threw 24 pitches, but allowed no runs to finish up.

Meantime, David Wright and Ramon Castro provided most of the firepower for the orange and blue, combining for five hits, four RBI, and four runs scored. Castro blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the fourth to put the Mets up 5-0 and more or less finish the Fish for the afternoon. The Marlins managed two runs over the next five innings but had rolled over after the homer.

Notes

Wright went 3-for-5 to lift his average to .320. Castro’s dinger was his tenth of the season — in only 133 at-bats. His one homer every 13 at-bats is one at-bat more frequently than Barry Bonds.

Marcos Carvajal, who spent the entire year pitching for the AA Binghamtom Mets and was DFA’d to make room for Carlos Gomez (instead of, say, Brian Lawrence or Aaron Sele), pitched the ninth inning for the Fish. He struck out one, allowed a single to Moises Alou (who has now hit in 26 straight games) and walked Shawn Green.

Next Game

The Mets will try to win the series with John Maine on the hill, who will be going for victory number fifteen against some young lefty named Chris Seddon. The Wandy Rodriguez Phenomenon will be in full effect.

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Number Eight

Mets catcher number eight Gary Carter at the batAll apologies to former Mets legends such as Phil Mankowski, Rick Sweet, Dan Norman, Chris Cannizzarro, Dave Gallagher, and Desi Relaford (as well as a more respectful one to Yogi Berra) — but the only number eight to honor is “The Kid” Gary Carter.

I distinctly remember the moment that the evening news announced the Mets had made a trade for Gary Carter; it was at first shock, then pure elation — and more exciting than any present I opened two weeks later on Christmas morning. The Mets’ young hurlers and spunky smurfs had given us hope in 1984, and now that the best catcher in baseball would join a lineup that already included Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez — the first legit #3 hitter in Mets’ history — a pennant was seemingly a foregone conclusion. While many point to the acquisition of Hernandez as legitimizing the Mets, in truth it only showed that they were on their way toward being taken seriously. The Carter deal cemented the fact that the Mets were going after first place.

And Carter delivered, as a rock behind the plate and a clutch run-producer in the middle of the lineup. He drove in over 100 runs in his first two seasons, and helped shape the raw young mound talent into stars. Though he smacked 532 basehits in a Mets uniform (regular + postseason), he will forever be remembered for one: a seemingly harmless, two-out single on October 25, 1986 that ignited the greatest comeback in World Series history.

Here’s to you, Kid!

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