Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 2 Cardinals 1

Great teams find ways to win close games when they are not playing their best. The Mets are looking like a great team again. They are currently riding their longest winning streak of the year, the 5th time they've had a 4-gamer.

I'm really liking the development of Carlos Gomez. I still think LoDuca is the best option in the number 2 hole but if Willie values his bat so much in an RBI spot, I'd love to see Gomez get a few starts batting second. He's hitting much better after his short slump, using his speed and his power to get hits. Shortly after ripping a deep foul ball, he kept one fair for his second major league home run, to give the Mets the lead.

Sosa who was back to his old form in the first few innings got unlucky in the fifth when he couldn't field a comebacker. Then he gave up a single, followed by a sac bunt and an RBI groundout. Second and third and one out, to only allow one run is pretty good.

He didn't quite have his best stuff though, and he couldn't strike anyone out so he threw a lot of pitches and got yanked after 6.

Mike Maroth kept the Mets off balance, not allowing a hit after that Gomez home run. After Maroth, Ryan Franklin came in and pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings, leaving the Mets with only two hits through the first 10 innings.

The Mets had some bad base running plays with both Valentin and Wright getting picked off.

The Mets bullpen was equal to the task though, after Joe Smith got into a whole heap of trouble, he got out of it with a little help from Pedro Feliciano.

Billy Wagner pitched the 9th and the 10th and dominated the Cardinals. Aaron Heilman pitched a good 11th and got his 6th win, tying him with Sosa.

Then Shawn Green came up and ripped a home run, foul. Just like Gomez he followed it up with one in fair territory, off the scoreboard.

It was the Mets 6th walkoff win of the year, the second in three days.

It was the fourth time they beat the Cardinals this year (too bad they couldn't do that last October) in only four games.

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