Sunday, June 25, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Blue Jays 4

This game had a very similar rhythm to the yesterday's game, beyond the fact that both games ended with the same score. The games started with one team taking an early lead on a 3-run homer, the other team battled back but couldn't get over the hump and had one final shot late in the game but couldn't capitalize.

Let's begin with Jose Reyes. He led off the game with a home run, his second time doing that this week (3rd this year, 5th of his career), and now has 8 homers on the year. Imagine if he hit 15 homers in addition to all the other stuff he contributes. Coming into yesterday's game he'd been on a 24-47 hot streak. Then he got hits in 8 of his 10 at bats over these two games. Hot as a pistol.

After Castro and Reyes singled, Beltran hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd to give the Mets the lead for good.

The Mets tacked on 2 more in the 5th on a single by Reyes and Castro then scored on a wild pitch.

Trachsel didn't pitch great, 4 runs in 5 innings, but he now has a 4 game winning streak. I always criticize him for pitching just well enough to lose, but lately he has been pitching just well enough to win. But he still is one of those pitchers who can't stand prosperity. After Reyes gave him the 1-0 lead he squandered it, largely because of an errant pickoff throw that sent a runner to third with no one out. Then with a 4-1 lead in the fourt he gave up solo homers to Overbay and Molina. And finally when the Mets made it 6-3, he allowed one more run to the Blue Jays.

But his counterpart Josh Towers is one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season. His record now stands at 1-9 and his ERA is 9.11. He is also the only pitcher (that I know of) that wears a single digit uniform number. Might be time to change that.

Endy Chavez picked up his 8th outfield assist in the game. Amazing for a guy who doesn't play regularly. Maybe because he is a part time player word about his arm hasn't made it around the league.

Julio Franco made a heads up play reaching second on what was essentially an infield grounder.

Chad Bradford pitched two great innings in relief. Aaron Heilman was shaky again, giving up two hits, but no runs in the 8th.

And Billy Wagner was shaky as well. After the last two game I'm now convinced the Mets signed the wrong closer this winter. He gave up two walks but was able to get out of it.

In the last three innings the Jays had runners on second but could not score.

This was also another error filled game for SNY's graphics. They started off on the wrong foot, when Reyes led off the game with a homer it said "Julio Franco." Later in the game they gave Reyes a .319 batting average. Even on his recent hot streak he's only at .302. I don't like to dwell on these things because I know they can happen in a live broadcast but they have had way too many wrong counts, wrong base runners, etc.

Mets take their fifth straight road series.


Anonymous The Concierge said...

Joseee Jose Jose Joseeee Jose Jose

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 12:30:00 PM  

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