Thursday, July 27, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 1 Cubs 0

A big switch compared to the last three games. It was nice to finally get a good pitching performance for a change.

I love a good 1-0 game, because every pitch and every batter is very meaningful.

Mark Prior pitched well for the Cubs but he walked 5 and has an injury history so the Cubs had to take him out after 5 2/3, even though he was pitching a no-hitter a the time. Will Ohman got the last batter of the inning but Jose Valentin got the first hit of the game in the 7th on a bloop that really should have been caught.

Then the Mets started to get some chances but just couldn't come through.
Delgado struck out with men on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs in the 8th.
Floyd grounded out with men on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs in the 9th.
But the Mets broke through in the 10th, with two outs. Beltran singled, Delgado doubled and Dusty rightfully walked Wright to load the bases.
With two strikes Valentin lined a pitch up the middle to win the game.

Interesting celebration after Valentin's hit though. He ended up on his ass and the Mets were picking him up by his legs. Very weird.

Another great start by John Maine. He now has 17 consecutive scoreless innings and a 1.63 ERA in July (4 starts and one relief appearance). Unfortunately for him he hasn't been getting the Trachsel-esque run support and is 1-2 over those 4 starts.

I used to have zero hope for the future of the pitching staff but imagine if next year the Mets can have (healthy) Pedro, Glavine, Maine, Bannister and Pelfrey. That seems like a formidable rotation, with a good combination of young and old. At least, we have some hope for the future.

I'd completely given up on Aaron Heilman at this point but he got his first win of the season in this game. He did get in a little trouble (first and second one out) but he got out of it. Sanchez and Wagner also pitched well in relief.

David Cone joined Keith and Gary in the booth early in the game. Didn't really say anything too interesting except that he looked up to Ron and Keith when he was a young player. Also complained about pitchers nowadays on strict pitch counts. He said 105 and 125 pitches feel the same. But as I recall, didn't he get an arm injury from throwing 163 pitches in a game once?


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