Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 8 Twins 1

This game is just what the Mets needed to break their slump. Good pitching and timely hitting.

John Maine was really awesome. He was actually better than his 1 run in 7 1/3 innings would indicate. He really was never in trouble the whole game, scattering a few hits and a few walks. He did throw a lot of pitches though, 115, which is why Willie yanked him in the 8th. But I like the fact that Willie has been giving Maine and Perez especially the chance to go deep into games.

John Maine shuts down the Twins

I also like the fact that Willie put LoDuca back in the number 2 hole. I know he wanted him in a run producing spot due to the injuries, but the lineup was working better with LoDuca behind Reyes. LoDuca drove in two in the bottom of the sixth that were key in changing the game from 2-0 to 4-0, a huge difference.

Delgado woke up a little bit with two hits including a homer in the first inning, but I hesitate to say he has really broken out of it because we've seen this before. But it was still nice to see him homer.

Ricky Ledee had a big game with a home run and an RBI single. I think Willie may start employing a straight platoon of Ledee and Gomez in left field until Alou comes back. But he does like to have Ledee's left handed bat on the bench for late in games. Ledee's single was even more important than his homer because it came when the score was 1-0 after Delgado had been thrown out at the plate on a force play. The Mets had not been driving in runners with two outs, so that was a big base hit.

I have been very critical of Delgado's poor play in the field and on the base paths but in this case I can't blame him for not scoring on Green's double or on Valentin's groundout.

The Mets broke it open in the 8th the old fashioned way, Reyes singled, Beltran doubled, Wright doubled, then after an intentional walk to Delgado, Gomez hit a sac fly.

Sosa and Perez have to keep this going.

Jose Reyes and Carlos Gomez celebrate a Mets victory

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