Sunday, June 25, 2006

Unhappy Recap: Blue Jays 7 Mets 4

This game proved how thin the line between success and failure is. I know El Duque had no control and no matter what happened he was going to give up some runs but he might have been able to get out of the second inning down only 1-0. With two outs and the bases loaded Frank Catalanotto blooped one to center. Reyes barely missed it. The next batter was Vernon Wells, who hit a three run homer to make it 6-0.

El Duque's first pitch to the next batter, Troy Glaus, was up and in and since he'd already hit two batters, the umpire warned both benches. Willie Randolph came out to calm down El Duque, but since Peterson had already made a trip to the mound in that inning the Mets were forced to remove El Duque.

Wells also hit another homer in the 7th, giving him 21 and 62 RBI. Fans chanted "M-V-P!" for him. His numbers are very similar to our own MVP David Wright. In the fifth, with Delgado on first Wright ripped one to center, Wells dove and missed and it rolled all the way to the wall. Wright had to settle for a triple but I think he could have had an inside-the-parker if Delgado had been hustling in front of him.

Oliver relieved El Duque and allowed only 1 hit in 4 1/3 innings, keeping the Mets in the game. The Mets actually were able to get some hits and runs of Halladay, but not enough to overcome the early deficit. They got 4 runs and 10 hits off him in 7 and 1/3. Because he pitches in the American League, in Canada, I don't think Met fans realize how good he is. In 2002 he was 19-7 with a 2.93, he won the Cy Young the next year by going 22-7 with a 3.25. He was hurt and bad in 2004 going 8-8 with a 4.20. Last year he started off 12-4 with a 2.41 before getting hit by a line drive and this year he is already 9-2. That's 62-20 over 4 years if you exclude that one bad season, even a 70-28 record is excellent over the past 5 years.

The Mets did have a chance to get back in the game in the 7th. Reyes and Beltran singled, Delgado doubled off the lefty to drive home one and make the game 7-4. The Blue Jays brought in a righty and walked Wright to load the bases with one out. Valentin popped out and Nady struck out to end the threat.

Reyes got a little aggressive in the first inning and was thrown out trying to get to third on Lo Duca's grounder, even though replays showed he was safe. He did go 4-5 though, giving him 28 hits in his last 52 at bats.

Alex Rios was unhappy about striking out.

While watching B.J. Ryan blow away the Mets in the 9th inning I couldn't help but think that the Mets spent millions on the wrong free agent closer this offseason. That and his 0.49 ERA.


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