Archive: May 20th, 2010

Game 42: Win Over Nationals

Mets 10, Nationals 7

What a difference a day makes…

The Mets exploded for 10 runs on 15 hits, led by a strikeout-free David Wright, who finished with 4 RBI. Wright’s 3-run double in the first inning put the Mets ahead for good, but it was a bumpy ride.

In the bottom of the first inning, John Maine walked leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan and was then pulled by manager Jerry Manuel. The official report on Maine’s “injury” was that he wasn’t injured at all. Apparently, Manuel didn’t like something about Maine’s velocity and mechanics. Maine wasn’t happy with the decision, to say the least. It makes you wonder if Dan Warthen or Jerry Manuel saw anything in Maine’s warmup. Or maybe it was just a stunt. Stay tuned.

With Maine out of the game, Raul Valdes came on and pitched brilliantly – 5 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 6 K – by the time he exited the game, the Mets had an 8-1 lead. Manny Acosta quickly gave up two runs that were charged to Valdes, but the Mets were in control of the game… for the time being.

Meanwhile, the Mets offense was relentless – Jason Bay and Ike Davis each had three hits. Rod Barajas hit his 10th home run.

The Nats put up three in the eighth but Pedro Feliciano was able to get out of a jam by getting Adam Dunn to flyout with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Francisco Rodriguez did his customary “getting thrown off a merry-go-round at 50 mph” routine, looking like he was on the verge of losing his composure while allowing a hit and a run before getting the save.

Next Game

The Mets take on the Yankees on Friday night at Citi Field. Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 3.12) takes the mound against Javier Vasquez (2-4, 8.01). First pitch at 7:10pm.

Check out this Super-8mm film footage of the first time the Diamondbacks visited Shea Stadium in 1998 – with audio of Bob Murphy and Gary Cohen. Great stuff:

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Gameday Open Thread: May 20 at Washington

The Mets (19-22) take on the Nationals (21-20) tonight at Nationals Park…

John Maine (1-3, 6.13) makes his season debut against Luis Atilano (3-0, 3.90)…

First pitch at 7:05pm EDT…

Discuss…

And check out Buffalo Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell discussing last night’s 10-6 victory and starting pitcher Dylan Owen’s performance. Owen was filling in for R.A. Dickey, who made the start for the Mets last night:

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Wednesday Morning Link-a-Polooza

Is it really Wednesday? I lost Ethier, Beckett and Sizemore from my fantasy team this week. So I’m kind of shell-shocked. Bear with me… Link time!

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper discusses Angel Pagan’s performance so far this season. He’s not a superstar, but he’s the type of guy you want on your team.

BrooklynMetFan – Adam at BMF is “officially snapping.” He wants to know why “ownership is so accepting of losing baseball.”

TheRoPolitans – Andrew Vazzano has a detailed accounting of last night’s game.

MetsBlog – Bob Melvin as the next Mets manager? Jon Heyman says so.

And if you listened to Boomer and Carton this morning, you may have heard the clip below of Wally Backman ripping into his team after its first loss of the season. This is from my TV show, “Playing for Peanuts.” Warning: This is uncensored (unlike the bleeped version you may have seen on SNY). NSFW!!!!

I didn’t actually HEAR Boomer & Carton this morning. So can anyone confirm that this is the clip they played on WFAN?

Via OnTheBlack

If you want to order “Playing for Peanuts” on DVD (10 episodes, 3 DVDs, 300+ minutes of content), click the banner to the right. If you do, Joe Janish of MetsToday gets a $5 commission.

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