Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Recap: Mets 4 Nationals 3

How's this for a change? Santana pitches less than spectacularly, but the offense bails him out and the bullpen saves the game for him.

It's not like Santana gave up 6 runs, but he still pitched much worse in this victory than he has in many of his no decisions, and even some of his losses. It's a real shame that it took him this long to get to double-digit wins.

The two Carloses came through with RBI hits -- both times with 2 outs -- to give the Mets two early leads. But Santana blew them both putting him in a tenuous position heading into the 8th.

After he allowed the tying home run to Ryan Langerhans the Mets built a big rally with two singles, a walk and a bases loaded hit batsman (sounds like an inning the Mets bullpen usually has)to score a run.

Damion Easley drives in the winning run by getting hit by a pitch

But with one out Daniel Murphy struck out with the bases loaded. Then Brian Schneider pinch hit for Santana, and also struck out. I don't have a problem removing Santana there because a hit is worth 2 runs and Schneider is much more likely to get a hit.

I love David Wright and I know he has a lot of RBI but I still feel he fails in a lot of key spots. With Reyes on third and one out in the 5th, Wright struck out.

Amazingly Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano were able to get through the 8th and 9th without trouble and the Mets got themselves a much-needed win.

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Anonymous JLeary said...

i dont mind removing Santana when he did either....but i am not sure Schneider is more likely to get a hit, he blows

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 6:47:00 AM  
Anonymous bobby V said...

i agreed with lifting Santana in favor of trying to score more runs, but i would rather see Castro hit and then Murphy, then using Schneider. As jleary mentioned Schneider does in fact blow.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:43:00 AM  

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