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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Rally falls short. Mets fall 4-3.

ouch, this one hurts.

it was a pedro vs smoltz rematch tonight. the first one back on april 10th lived up to all the billing as pedro won a complete game 2 hitter for the first victory of the season for the mets. smoltz wasn't too shabby either that afternoon with 15 K's and looking unbeatable until the mets offense finally came to life in the 8th and 9th for 6 runs to snap that opening 5 game losing streak. that was the first of many late inning blitzes by the mets against the opposing bullpen.

pedro didn't bring the A game tonight. he allowed 3 er in the first and another in the 3rd. it was a 4-1 hole the mets would never get out of. smoltz didn't have his A stuff either, but he was getting by. the mets offense woke up late in the bottom of the 9th and tried valiently for some more late inning heroics against the braves pen. after plating 2 runs, cliff floyd popped out for the final out with piazza on 3B and beltran on 1B.

it never feels good to lose with pedro on the mound. we follow up now with tommy boy against his beloved braves, and that's never a pretty sight. then we go through with whatever until it's finally pedro's turn again. one more game against the braves, then a day off, then off to DC for 3 against the nats, then back home for 4 against philly, then onto milwaukee and chicago. it's a criss-crossy schedule up ahead with little time to catch their breath. they're now finishing a stretch of 15 games in 15 days and 21 games in 22 days. gotta wonder if some april fatigue is hitting them yet.

i guess we'll be finding out.

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