Braves 3 Mets 1
It’s going to be a long year, Mets fans.
Johan Santana pitched seven spectacular innings, and had the only extra-base hit of the game for the Mets. Unfortunately, this isn’t little league, and the Mets lost a heartbreaker.
Santana gave up just one run on seven hits and no walks and never was in real trouble. Scary thing is, he didn’t have his best stuff.
However, the Mets can’t hit — plain and simple. They looked terrible against John Smoltz, who was lifted after the fifth because of his sore shoulder, and did nothing against four Braves relievers. The only time they threatened — and scored — was in the ninth inning against “closer” Rafael Soriano. Too little, too late.
It was a 1-1 game until the eighth, when Aaron Heilman came on in relief of Santana and gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira. Don’t blame the game on Aaron, however — this is 2008, not 1968, and you have to score runs to win ballgames.
Nice how Carlos Delgado strokes hits with no one on base. He’s hitting the lightest .300 I’ve seen in a long time.
Amazing … Aaron Heilman fools Mairk Teixeira with a changeup, Teixeira one-hands it into the seats. Never mind Ron Darling’s nonsense that the pitch was up — Teixeira was FOOLED, was way out in front, and still jerked it over the fence. The height of the pitch made little difference, because Teixeira’s swing plane was similar to a golf drive.
I like batters being patient when behind late in the game, but what the heck is Carlos Beltran looking at in the ninth inning? Soriano struck him out twice in that at-bat.
If the defense did not include a first baseman, Brian Schneider would be batting .800. I think he grounds out to the right side every time up.
Kevin Burkhardt in that yellow blazer reminds me of the days of Don Drysdale, Joe Garagiola, Keith Jackson, and Howard Cosell on ABC in the 1970s.
Day off tomorrow, so we can stew for another 24 hours. The Mets’ home opener against the Phillies takes place on Tuesday at 1:10 PM. Oliver Perez starts against Jamie Moyer. Coverage is on SNY and XM 183.