Thursday, April 21, 2005
aloquacious leiter had to have been speechless and shellshocked after getting bombarded by the big mets machine tonight in miami. in short, leiter had zippo as he imploded and was torched 8 er in 3 painful innings. it was leiter at his worst, tossing 82 pitches, yielding 5 walks and 6 hits. the biggest blow was dougie mientkiewicz's grand salami in the 7 run 2nd inning.
on the flipside, the mets brand new real ace, pedro martinez was sterling once again. pedro cruised for 7 innings, giving up only 1 er on 3 hits, 0 walks and striking out 8. pedro is now 2-0 with a 2.17 era.
the sadass tablesetters did contribute tonight. jose reyes raised his avg/obp to .278 with a couple clutch hits, scoring a run and driving in 2. clearly, his aggressive hack-at-will plate aggression is better suited when he can come to the plate in possible rally situations, and not as a bases empty firestarter. kaz matsui reached safely 3 times, via hit, walk and hit by pitch. anyway you can, kaz, is appreciated.
carlos beltran has been in a mini-slump. he's striking out on a pretty horrific pace and the avg is starting to fall. he got off the snide with a 3 run dinger tonight that'll hopefully get him going. of course, having 2 regular outs batting in front of you doesn't help things, but that's no excuse for making it 3 regular outs in a row.
- the mets drew 9 walks tonight, only striking out 3 times
- mike dejean and heath bell each got a scoreless inning in. not clean innings, but why quibble?
- cliffy floyd dipped into the flaxseed elixir and pulled 2 stolen bases out of the miracle bag. now he only trails jose reyes by one.
- amazing vic diaz has suddenly transformed into the most patient player in the lineup. maybe hanging with wright and dougie at the bottom of the lineup is rubbing off good stuff. vic drew 3 more walks in the game. wright and dougie drew 2 each.
- in the fundamental hitting dept: beltran had a sac fly and pedro had a successful sac bunt.
- not much, except pedro won't be starting the next four games.
- aloquacious leiter, but that's not our problem anymore.
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