Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 6 Marlins 3

First inning, Perez puts the Mets in a hole right away and David Wright leaves two men on base, batting from the fifth hole again.

Then in the second the Mets get the run back thanks to Shawn Green and Ruben Gotay. Then Sanchez issues two walks but Beltran pops out with the bases loaded. Two innings, five runners left on base.

Two more left on in the third, but Gotay hit it hard at least.

Strange play leads to another Mets run in the fourth. Perez was on first and Sanchez threw over, but Aaron Boone (inexperienced first baseman) wasn't covering. Ball sailed into right field. But had Sanchez, turned and seen Boone wasn't there and didn't throw it would have been a balk.

Gary Cohen gave my stat. Runners on third, fewer than 2 outs and the Mets bring that man home only 45% of the time. That ranks 27th among major league teams. This time Beltran brings him home with a bloop single.

Castro grounds out with the bases loaded in the fourth. Ten left on base so far.

The Mets need to teach Endy Chavez to catch or play second base. He is the perfect number two hitter and I don't subscribe to the theory that he would be exposed if he played everyday.

Wright singles in a run proving he can hit from the five spot as well.

But Green strikes out with two men on. 5 innings, 12 left on base.

Oliver Perez pitched a great game, keeping his walks down, keeping the leadoff batters off base, but he lost his steam in the 6th. And once again bad luck comes after the bases were loaded as Wright dropped a line drive he should have caught, giving the Marlins two runs.

But the great Joe Smith strikes out Mike Jacobs to strand two more inherited runners.

Schoeneweis got Smith out of some trouble in the 8th and Wagner nailed down the save.

Mets win an important game, you do not want to get swept by Florida at home.

On to Arizona where the Mets have dominated two years in a row.

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Blogger SCZA said...

As a first baseman, I must comment. Aaron Boone is not at fault. He is taking instruction from the bench to play behind the pitcher, who isn't a threat to steal. Sanchez was throwing over on his own, and clearly had a brainfart as to who was on base. Had it been anyone but Perez, Boone would have held the runner.

Thursday, May 03, 2007 4:42:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Under normal circumstances that would be correct. But I'm suggesting that perhaps Boone being inexperienced didn't check the dugout. Or missed the sign. I'm not 100% sure who was at fault.

Friday, May 04, 2007 5:29:00 AM  

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