Game 1: Mets 2, Nationals 1
Victor Zambrano made his best start of the season:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 6.0 5 1 1 2 4 0 90-53 60He likely could have gone at least another inning but Willie Randolph wanted to give Jose Valentin some new material for his blog. Pitching-wise, Duaner Sanchez pitched another perfect inning and has yet to allow an earned run this year. Billy Wagner was cracking 97 on the gun and struck out two batters to earn the win in relief. He now has 17 strikeouts in 14.0 innings with an ERA of 0.64 and a WHIP of 0.93. Proven closer indeed.
The Mets won a regular season game on a walkoff error by the opposing pitcher for just the second time in their history. I know this because Mark knows this. Gary Cohen also knows this because Mark knows this, and he was kind enough to mention Mark on the air, even though he bungled the name of his website (he called it metswalkoffs.com instead of metswalkoffs.blogspot.com).
Xavier Nady loves hitting at Shea:
AB AVG OBP SLG Home 42 .452 .467 .833 Away 51 .216 .259 .392Of course, he's been dreadful on the road. Though, all of the Mets' road games this season have come in ballparks that favor pitchers: RFK Stadium, Petco Park, AT&T Park and Turner Field.
Game 2: Nationals 6, Mets 2
John Maine made his debut with the Mets tonight and he was nothing like awful:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 5.1 6 4 4 2 6 1 102-63 44Here is a bit of a brain dump as I was watching the game tonight...
- Bit of a hard luck RBI double to Marlon Anderson. Maine has some zip on his fastball, getting it down there at around 91-92 MPH. He got the benefit of an inside call against Stick Johnson for the strikeout.
- I was just remarking to nobody in particular about Paul Lo Duca's lack of power, and as if to piss in my face he goes hard to tie the game at one.
- Mike O'Connor looks a bit like a left-handed windmill when he delivers to the plate.
- Marlon byrd has Maine's number early tonight as he cracks his second double of the game.
- Does anyone else find it remarkable that Byrd and Anderson are the only two Marlons to every play in the big leagues?
- Future Met Alfonson Soriano just cracked a two-run bomb into the mezzanine in left field.
- Great at bat by Carlos Beltran right there; he took three very close pitches to work out a walk.
- Cliff Floyd has really run into some crummy luck. He just drilled a ball up the middle, right into the waiting glove of Royce Clayton. Had it gone through it would have scored two runs to tie the game at three. Oh well.
- I really hate the way home plate umpires will unflinchingly grant time to a batter regardless of how far along the pitcher is in his delivery.
- First 1-2-3 inning of Maine's National League career, and he now has six strikeouts through five innings.
- I would really like to see the Mets take a few more pitches against O'Connor. I understand that they may be jumping on the first pitch to try to take advantage of a kid throwing first pitch fastballs to get ahead in the count, but still, make him work a bit.
- Jesus, they have one freaking base hit against Johnny Windmill.
- Lo Duca throws almost as poorly as Mike Piazza did when he was here. Even a mediocre throw nails Stick by five feet therel instead, Duke does his damnedest to lob that one into centerfield.
- Tough break on Jose Guillen's grounder there; a 4-1 deficit feels insurmountable with the way the Mets are swinging the bats tonight.
- Nice leaping play by David Wright there; nicer scoop by Carlos Delgado.
- Duke has his swing tonight, hitting the ball hard all three times up. Too bad everyone else is still waiting for their bats to arrive via charter from Atlanta.
- And Willie gets run from the game for arguing that low strike call to Wright. At first look, Gary Cohen thought Wright had actually been tossed, but in fact it was Willie, a break for the Mets. Then again, Willie might swing the bat better tonight than D-Dub has.
- You really have to hand it to Jorge Julio (and by extension Rick Peterson), who has been a much-improved pitcher since his early season struggles. Overpowering fastball coupled with a hard-biting slider, and he struck out both batters he faced in the eighth.
- Another terrific at bat by Beltran. He took the first five offerings from Chad Cordero to get the count to 3-2 before launching a bomb off of the "K" board in the right field bullpen. It's good to have him back.
- Put it in the books! 6-2 loss to the lowly Nationals, against a kid making his second career start. And the Braves just tied the Rockies, which means they'll probably go on to win. (Editor's note: they did).