Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Rangers 1

A game to stop the bleeding.

Oliver Perez was excellent after the home run to Josh Hamilton in the first inning. I think Willie learned his lesson and let Perez stick around for the 7th.

This was the third straight game in which the starter pitched 7 innings or more, threw 100 pitches or more and gave up one run or fewer. Except this time Perez got the win.

It was his first win since that gem against the Yankees on May 18. He followed that up with 3 stinkers in a row but has come back with two straight good starts. He's had 14 starts, 7 good and 7 bad. The Mets are 6-8 in his starts winning 1 of the bad ones but losing two of the good ones.

The Mets took advantage of Reyes getting on base twice, once Beltran drove him in with a 2 out hit, then Wright drove him in with a sacrifice fly, two things the Mets could use more of.

Following up on a point I made about last night's game, 3 times this season the Mets sacrificed Reyes to second in the 8th inning or later, he hasn't scored in any of those situations. He needs to try to steal in those late game situations.

Schoeneweis and Sanchez finished the game out. Why couldn't they have allowed 5 runs in this game instead of in the other ones?

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