Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Recap: Mets 5 Diamondbacks 2

This victory wasn't so much a matter of the Mets taking it, but of the Diamondbacks giving it away, but maybe not as much as you think.

The Mets earned their first two runs, a clutch single by Reyes and a crushed homer by David Wright.

But the end of the game is where the Diamondbacks blew it.

That Chris Burke bunt was such a range of emotions, first I thought Feliciano would throw him out, then I thought he'd be safe at first, then I thought he'd get to second on the wild throw, then I thought he'd be at third with no outs and I thought for sure the Mets were going to lose, then Church made a great play and a great throw and the Mets dodged a bullet.

I actually don't think it was such a bad risk by Burke because as you saw the Mets needed a perfect play to get him. And a runner on 3rd with no outs is almost a guaranteed run. I think that was a calculated gamble that didn't work out, that time.

And the Conor Jackson error on Delgado's grounder did allow Beltran to score, but with 1st and 3rd and one out Schneider hopefully would have gotten the run in, plus they couldn't have been playing for a double play, they would have had to be playing in.

Obviously, both those plays helped the Mets, but it wasn't as much of a gift as it seemed.

Johan Santana pitched well, well enough to win but 10 baserunners in 6 innings is too many, and 116 pitches in 6 innings is way too many. And asking the Mets bullpen to hold a 1 run lead for 3 innings is too much to ask of them.

And three wild pitches? That was strange too.

Jorge Sosa now leads the Mets in wins with 4.

Carlos Delgado might be on a little bit of a hot streak. I was glad to see that after he pulled that homer down the line, he didn't revert to trying to pull everything.

It might be time to jump on Carlos Beltran's back. I have been one of his biggest defenders during his time with the Mets but he has been awful this season. Other than the high walk total, he has done nothing.

Although Beltran is ahead of Delgado in all non-traditional but more important categories, on-base, slugging, Delgado is actually leading Beltran in all 3 triple crown categories.

After a miserable loss to the Pirates it was nice to see the Mets bounceback by taking 2 of 3 from the best team in the majors.

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