Sunday, May 27, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 6 Marlins 4

Jose Reyes started off the game in fine fashion, doubling and stealing third. But he was left stranded as Carlos Beltran hit a weak grounder. Because Reyes stole third with an 0-2 count on Beltran does that count against Beltran's atrocious stats with runners on third and fewer than two outs?

The Marlins took the lead with an old fashioned manufactured run. A single, a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

But the Mets came roaring back in the fourth as finally the middle of the order produced some runs. Beltran walked, Wright singled, Delgado singled in Beltran. But the big break came when Easley grounded to second and Uggla's throw was ugly, it hit Easley and bounced away allowing two runs to score. After a wild pitch by Scott Olsen Endy singled home Easley.

Olsen was getting furious on the mound and apparently is continuing to have problems with his emotions. You'll remember last year against the Mets he got into a fight with Miguel Cabrera during the game. Seemed like he was mad at Olivo for two wild pitches and a passed ball.

Jorge Sosa wasn't as great as he had been in his first three starts, but much better than he was in his last one. He impressed me in the 6th inning because he was clearly running out of gas, and after allowing the first two runners he stayed in the game and got Cabrera and Willingham before Willie brought in Feliciano for the last out.

Joe Smith pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning. No surprise.

Aaron Heilman gave up a walk, a double and run in the 8th. No surprise.

I guess that's why they call him a setup man because he created a save situation for Wagner who got the save, but gave up a home run. No surprise.

The Mets left the bases loaded in the 7th and 8th innings but did add and insurance run on a single by Julio Franco.

Damion Easley played left field for the first time in his career and didn't make any glaring screwups though he did turn a couple fly balls into adventures.

During this series the Mets could not get out Alfredo Amezega and Miguel Olivo. They hit .478, while the rest of the Marlins hit .086. They also drove in 5 of the team's 8 runs.

Several of the Marlins smeared eye black all over their faces. You can see it on Cabrera's cheek in this picture.



Carlos Delgado is 9-21 in 5 games since being moved out of the cleanup spot.

This was the Mets second sweep of the year. Both on the road. The Mets are 18-7 on the road, best in the majors.

A good reason not to get so worked up over losing 2 of 3 to the Braves. While the Mets were sweeping the Marlins, the Phillies were sweeping the Braves. So the Mets are now 4 1/2 up on Atlanta, two games more than before the teams met.

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