Monday, July 10, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Marlins 6

M-V-P! M-V-P!

I know that David Wright won't win this year because it's a very stats-driven award, but he has been great this season. The thing that I always felt Mike Piazza (and A-Rod) lacked was that ability to hit a home run, when you absolutely had to have it. If Wright didn't hit a homer there, the Mets would probably lose that game, and in the process 3 out of 4 to the Marlins. But coming through in those situations is what separates the good players from the great players. And the compilers from the transcendant.

Mets got on the board in the board in the 5th on a 2-run homer by Nady, who is starting to get his stroke back after his injury and a long slump with runners in scoring position.

Then things got interesting. Valentin doubled, then Lo Duca hit a grounder to Cabrera, that could have been fielded, though it was a tough play. The ball rolled into left field and a run scored. Apparently, the pitcher, Olsen, made some kind of gesture that Cabrera didn't like. After the inning, Cabrera confronted him in the dugout. They were separated, then as Olsen walked by to get to the clubhouse, Cabrera stuck his finger to his temple and pushed him. Olsen swatted at him and they were separated again. I thought this was all Cabrera's fault for being too sensitive to Olsen's body language, and for not making the play in the first place. But in the papers today Olsen was the one who apologized. Apparently, Olsen has had run-ins with other teammates this season. Also I wonder if Cabrera is acting like a diva because he is the team's best player.

Cabrera had a chance to make amends in the 6th but he hit a weak fly ball with bases loaded and no one. Glavine got the next guy also but with two outs Jacobs hit a 2-run single.

It all fell apart in the 7th, Glavine gave up the tying run, then gave way to Chad Bradford who came in with a man on third and one out and gave up a single to Ramirez. Ramirez stole second, went to third on Piazza's (I mean Lo Duca's) throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Trailing 5-3, things looked very bleak. Valentin walked, Lo Duca singled, Beltran singled, Delgado made out and then our hero saved us.

Billy Wagner gave up a home run in the 9th but I couldn't care less as long as he saves the game. I don't think you can really blame him because he pitched the way you are supposed to pitch with a 2 run lead. Throw strikes, if you give up a solo home run, you buckle down and get the next guy. He struck out the next two.

Wright's homer gave the Mets 3 20-homer guys before the break for the first time in team history.

Glavine and Reyes will not play in the All-Star game, meaning the Mets will have 3 starters, but only half of the 6 selected will actually play.

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