|2008 - Nelson Figueroa||1-1||5||3||0||0||0||0||20.0||14||9||9||1||10||16||4.05||1.20|
|2008 - John Smoltz||3-1||4||4||0||0||0||0||23.0||15||2||2||0||6||31||0.78||.91|
04/27/08 1:10 PM EDT
|Atlanta Braves||New York Mets|
|Kelly Johnson - 2B||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Gregor Blanco - LF||Luis Castillo - 2B|
|Jeff Francoeur - RF||David Wright - 3B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Carlos Beltran - CF|
|Brian McCann - C||Ryan Church - RF|
|Mark Kotsay - CF||Carlos Delgado - 1B|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Raul Casanova - C|
|Brent Lillibridge - SS||Endy Chavez - LF|
|John Smoltz - P||Nelson Figueroa - P|
On paper this game looks like a terrible mismatch: Journeyman scrub Nelson Figueroa against first-ballot HOF-er John Smoltz (or, if you're Ron Darling, "Schmoltz"). In reality, it may be even worse. The Mets can probably count on getting zero production from their 6-through-9 hitters Delgado-Casanova-Chavez-Figueroa, and David Wright has been particularly woeful in his recent confrontations with Smoltz, flailing away uselessly like some rather ordinary hitter and not the handsome young go-getter that he is.
Despite all that has gone wrong this season -- injuries, head-scratching in-game management, everything Carlos Delgado has done -- the Mets are 12-11, one game over .500 and a game-and-a-half behind the upstart Marlins. If they can somehow win today they will go to 13-11 and drop the Braves to 12-13. But that probably won't happen.