Saturday, July 22, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 4 Astros 3

This game followed a similar script to Friday's game in a couple of way.

First of all the Mets got good pitching from the back end of the rotation. El Duque gave up a walk and 2 home runs (Berkman and Wilson) in the first inning, but settled down the from there. He allowed 1 walk, 2 hits and no runs in the next 6 innings. He threw 105 pitches and struck out 8. It was the fourth time in his last six starts that he went 7 innings. The problem is, that in those other two starts he went 1 2/3 innings and got bombed. He still needs to improve his consistency before I'll trust him.

Another aspect of this game similar to Friday's is a sacrifice fly by Carlos Delgado. I've always said the key after a big inning is shutting the opponent down in the next inning (usually this comes up with Trachsel). After the Astros got 3 in the first, Valentin got on, moved over by Beltran and knocked in by Delgado. One run, but maybe a psychological lift.

And then another key home run from the bottom of the order put the Mets ahead. This time it was Nady. He had been struggling with men on base earlier in the season but he has really picked it up since then. He's now got 14 homers but only 38 RBI, but I think we would settle for 20 & 70 from our 7th place hitter.


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