Mets Game 29: Win Over Pirates
Mets 10 Pirates 1
Even without the managerial genius of their fearless leader, the Mets were able to paste a AAA club.
With the suspended gangsta Jerry Manuel enjoying cocktails with fellow playa Omar Minaya in a fly suite behind home plate, Sandy Alomar Sr. directed the Mets to hit, hit, hit, and hit some more. And hit they did, pummeling the Pirates for 17 hits and 10 runs. The biggest blow came off the bat of Carlos Beltran, who blasted his sixth homer of the season.
John Maine cruised through six easy innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. The only run he gave up came on a solo homer by opposing pitcher Paul Maholm, who probably should have switched places with first baseman Adam LaRoche prior to the fourth inning. After all, Maholm looked better at the plate than LaRoche, and LaRoche couldn’t have done any worse tossing the “La Lob” his dad taught him.
Seven of the Mets’ eight starting position players collected at least two hits. The long-swinging Ramon Castro was the only starter to go hitless, though his short-stroking replacement Omir Santos came in late and drilled a double. Castro left the game with a tight quad. Uh oh, where’s Robinson Cancel?
The Buccos made it easy on Maine, swinging through his high fastballs all day. Maine’s command looked a little better compared to his last start, but I still believe he will struggle against a more disciplined lineup. Of course, it’s possible that such a lineup does not exist in the National League, in which case I should shut the hell up and enjoy watching Maine without passing judgment. Who cares if his shoulder blows out again? That’s what surgeons are for!
Brian Stokes finally made an appearance, his first since April 28th. Apparently he CAN be trusted with a nine-run lead.
The Mets have won six games in a row and seven of their last ten.
The Mets finish destroying the collective confidence of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM. Livan Hernandez faces Ian Snell.