Saturday, June 24, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 6 Blue Jays 1

M-V-P! M-V-P!
Maybe Shawn was (w)right. David Wright is playing like the MVP of the National League right now. His base hits and home runs are coming either early in games to give the Mets the early lead, or late in games to win them. Over the past 6 games he's hit 4 homers and driven in 13. In the month of June he has 10 homers and 28 RBI. For the season his OPS is above 1.000. Awesome.

Tom Glavine rebounded from three shaky starts in a row (even though he went 2-0 in those games) and pitched well, enjoying the lead Wright gave him. He's now 11-2 with a 3.33 ERA, and he hasn't lost since April 24th. His 11 wins at this point are great compared to his win totals in his first three seasons with the Mets (9, 11 & 13). He now has 286 wins for his career and seems a lock for 300 sometime next season if he can win another 6 or 8 at least this year.

This was Carlos Delgado's first game back since leaving Toronto after the 2004 season. He's the franchise's career leader in home runs and RBI and a few other offensive categories. The classy Torontonians gave him a standing ovation his first time up (and applause the other times) and Delgado tipped his cap to them.

Lastings Milledge blasted his third home run of the season to straight away center. When he returned to the dugout the veterans gave the rookie the silent treatment, acting as if he'd just grounded out to short. Lastings instead pantomimed slapping five with some imaginary teammates at which point his real teammates came over to congratulate him. A funny moment and Gary Cohen kept emphasizing how well Milledge had handled it.

In the fourth, Nady and Valentin got their singals crossed on a pop up, both running hard, then both stopping, allowing the ball to drop in for a single. Next batter hit into a double play.

Another funny moment in the 7th, with Reyes on first Lo Duca blasted a double to right, Reyes scored easily and Lo Duca tried for third on the throw home, but the throw was cut off and the third baseman had the ball waiting for him. Instead Lo Duca just ran away, turning for home about 15 feet shy of touching third. Then he jokingly turned around and allowed himself to be tagged out.

In the 8th, a couple of fans, or as Gary Cohen called them "morons", decided "they would rather run on the field and spend a night in jail than watch a baseball game." SNY refused to show them. But the crowd seemed to enjoy it.

One unfunny moment came when Duaner Sanchez mysteriously hurt himself. He threw two pitches in the 8th, the second one was about two feet outside. Then he bent over on the mound, wiggled his fingers and was immediately taken out of the game. He says he is fine now but he felt a shock in his neck and felt the sensation all the way to his finger tips. He says other pitchers told him they'd felt the same thing. But the Mets sent him back to New York for an MRI.

Hopefully, my favorite player will be back on the mound soon.

Mets have now won a team record 9 straight road games.


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