A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

One Bat Away

With all these one run games, my thoughts that the Mets are one big bat and two relievers away from being an over .500 team are just reinforced. How many games have we seen the Mets go into extra innings in? It is shame to lose a game in which you were going up against Roy Oswalt and you are in great position to take the game when you have a starting lineup that contains Danny Garia and Joe McEwing playing up the middle. The Gint pitched a solid game going six innings while surrendering two runs on a tough day to pitch. He was very economical throwing 88 pitches and 57 for strikes. For me, only throwing 31 balls in 88 pitches during a monsoon is great. In eight of his eleven games started he has let up three earned runs or less. I thought he got the shaft when the Met management needlessly brought up Erickson to take his spot in the rotation after the Yankees gave him two floggings in a row. I think he is a worthy fifth starter and was underrated. I'm not saying he is star, but he was certainly effective in keeping the Mets in the game rather consistanly when he was in the ballgame. On top of it all, the dude throws stikes.

The Mets touched up David Weathers for two runs, which was a nice welcome back to Shea stadium. Stormy Weathers has another fan base to torture now.

David Wright continues to impress as he went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI. It is nice to have a guy in the six hole of the lineup that can be a productive run producer. If the Mets fail to land a big bat in the offseason to fill up the number three hole, Wright may be ready to take that duty over and be very good at it. If he can finish this year around .270, which is where he is at now, the year will have been a success. The walks are not where they usually are for Wright, but the way he does not swing at balls and only takes hacks a strikes, they will come.

Hopefully Victor can get it done tonight if the weather permits. Mother nature is thankfully trying to put us Met fans out of our misery by attempting to rain out all the games this week. There is rain forecasted through Sunday. It will be a daily challenge just to get the games in.

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  • Griffey out for the year....again. Damn that must be frustrating for him.

    "He had a complete rupture of the hamstring off the bone"

    I'm no doctor, but that does not sound good.

  • Sheff to retire? Apparently his shoulder is so bad that he may not be able to return to fulfill his Yankee contract.

  • Giants prized prospect was just too much to take for Binghamton as Matt Cain held the B-Mets to three hits in seven innings while giving up no runs. Bannister put a decent effort going seven surrendering three earned runs. Jeff Keppinger continues to hit the baseball and is hitting .350 for the B-Mets.

  • Lastings Milledge walked twice yesterday in the first game of a double header vs. Brevard County. He did not get a hit, but is certainly a monumental stepping stone in his free swinging career. All totaled Lastings went 1-5 with three walks on the double dip. That is getting on base 4 out of 8 times which is just fine by me.


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