Thursday, July 19, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 13 Dodgers 9

The Mets started this game like the team we saw last year, pounding pitchers in the first inning. Reyes singled, Marlon Anderson singled, and they both scored on a double to right that Matt Kemp misplayed off the wall (a weird play Reyes thought it was going to be caught, he crossed third, went back, then retouched the bag and scored). Then Delgado walked and Castro (who continues to be so much better than LoDuca) singled up the middle. They both scored when Green singled to right field and it went right under the glove of Matt Kemp, no RBI for Green, a 2 base error. Gotay's single gave the Mets a 6-0 lead.

But of course Tom Glavine had to give the runs back in the bottom of the first. He loaded the bases with one out then gave up a single to Gonzalez to score two runs. It could have been a lot worse but Green made a great throw to nail Jeff Kent at third base.

But Glavine wouldn't let that stop him. He gave up a two run homer to Kemp in the second to allow a game that should have been a laugher to become a close game again.

The Mets got three more in the second on hits by Green and Gotay, Glavine walked and Reyes grounded in a run and Marlon Anderson drove home two runs to make it 9-4.

Welcome Back Marlon Anderson

But Glavine once again can't stand prosperity, giving up four straight hits before being pulled for a relief pitcher.

Glavine got 9 runs of support and still couldn't get his 299th win.

Sele did a pretty decent job of shutting the Dodgers down and it not for an error by Wright he probably would have.

Carlos Delgado and Ramon Castro hit back to back homers in the 6th to put the game away.

Castro is now 15 for his last 32 with 3 homers and 9 RBI. I'm sick of Willie's loyalty to his veterans costing this team games. LoDuca is an unproductive hitter and should be benched, at least for the short term.

Hopefully the offensive explosion that began with Wright's 3-run homer against the Padres will continue and the starting pitching will settle down.

If you don't start playing Castro I'll put your other arm in a sling

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