Saturday, July 22, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Astros 0

These grand slams are getting ridiculous.

Once again the Mets got on the board early, this time in the second inning when Jose Valentin hit a grand slam. After hitting 2 in the first half the Mets have hit four grand slams in the past 5 games.
Valentin has been awesome, with 11 homers and 41 RBI and not having played the whole season.

Carlos Delgado hit his 24th homer in the 5th inning to close the scoring. It was his second straight game with a home run. It would be nice to see him break out of the slump that he's been in for almost two months (with the exception of a short hot streak on that 9-1 road trip in June).

But the big story of the game was John Maine. The Mets flip-flopped him and El Duque because of rain, just a couple hours before the game. El Duque had been involved in a couple rain delayed games and Willie wanted to give him a break. The game was delayed about an hour, and once it started Maine pitched great. He was throwing strikes and hitting his spots. He gave up four hits and only 1 walk, and pitched a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches (98, more than 2/3 of which were strikes). We've seen great performances from pitchers before (Soler, Heilman's 1-hitter last year) but that doesn't mean Maine is going to be the solution to the Mets rotation problems.

But for last night he looked pretty good.

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