Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Recap: Mets 10 Nationals 8

Carlos Delgado is absolutely incredible right now. There doesn't seem to be anything else to say about him. He's on one of the greatest rolls I've ever seen. And when you compare it to the way he was (or wasn't) hitting earlier this season, it's even more remarkable. And he's not just hitting homers and driving in runs, he's doing it at crucial times.

For the second straight game he hit 2 home runs and once again they were both big shots in distance and in consequence. Both times he extended a 1-run lead, and in the second case, gave the bullpen a much needed insurance run. Not lost in all this is his single that started a rally in the second inning.

Carlos Beltran also delivered a big home run, turning an 8-7 deficit into a 9-8 lead. Beltran has had a subpar season but he has come up with a number of big home runs.

David Wright also got his first big hit in what seems like weeks. In the first inning with Church on first, Ron Darling said Manuel shouldn't send Church with a struggling Wright at the plate. He did, and Wright struck out and Church was caught stealing to end the inning. But in the 4th inning Wright got a key 2-out hit to tie the game.

Oliver Perez was awful, but it was his first truly putrid start (more than 4 runs) since June, so I'll give him a pass. I'm encouraged that walks weren't his undoing this time.

I'm also incredibly impressed with the bullpen, which held the Nationals without a run for the last 4 innings. Joe Smith got to pitch to more than one batter for a chance, and he was excellent. And Luis Ayala continues to try to erase the memory of Billy Wagner. He's now 6 of 7 in save chances as a Met.

This is the third time this season the Mets won a game in which they allowed 8 runs or more.

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Anonymous omar minaya said...

beltran's supbar year has him with over 100runs and RBIs with 3 weeks left

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5:59:00 PM  

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