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Aftermath: Game 18 - Mets vs Cubs

Oh what a wretched game that was. Carlos Zambrano was pretty good, but the Mets put seven runners aboard against him in seven innings only to watch four of them be erased on double-plays. Still, the offense was mostly terrible, especially against Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood in the 8th and 9th innings, who faced the minimum six batters and only had to throw 15 pitches in the process. Their impatience against Wood was at least somewhat understandable given the way Aaron Heilman and Jorge Sosa pitched the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth.

Thanks to those four double-plays -- including one strike-em-out, throw-em-out -- the Mets sent just 31 hitters to the plate in nine innings, four more than the minimum. Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado can't buy hits right now, so three of the Mets' top five hitters are basically automatic outs. Jose Reyes is finally hitting well and David Wright is, well, you know, but the rest of the lineup is dogshit with the exception of Ryan Church, who may be an anti-semite (or just an ignoramus) but at least he can hit.

The pity of this game is that John Maine made his first good start of the season and it went right into the crapper thanks to the Mets' offense. He made a bad pitch to Aramis Ramirez in the fourth that accounted for the only two runs he allowed, but otherwise had a very strong game despite Mets' nemesis and part-time Lucifer henchman Angel Hernandez calling balls and strikes last night.

The Mets' desperately need Moises Alou back (or even Angel Pagan!), because a 7-8-9 of Raul Casanova, Endy Chavez and Pitcher is giving me nightmares and quite possibly E.D.

Met savior Nelson Figueroa goes tonight against Ted Lilly as the Mets look to salvage this two-game series.