New York Mets (57-49 Road: 25-29) at Florida Marlins (56-50 Home: 30-23) 7:10pm
Oliver Perez (6-6 4.15) vs. Scott Olsen (6-5 4.07)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets would really like to take this series in Florida by winning the next two games to protect their lead in the NL East. The Phillies start a series tonight in D.C. against the Nationals, the worst team in baseball. With Perez going tonight and Pelfrey tomorrow, the Mets have to like their chances with the way the two have been throwing.
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John Maine pitched 4.1 effective innings giving up one run on four hits and a walk. He also had six strikeouts. But he left the game in the fifth inning after experiencing shoulder stiffness.
The bullpen blew the game in the eighth inning when Joe Smith and Scott Schoenweiss were ineffective giving up five runs in the frame.
Once again, Fernando Tatis was hitting. He went 2 for 4 including a triple with 2 RBI’s. Damion Easley also went 2 for 4 in the game.
The big news was Maine’s injury and the unknown severity. Keep in mind that he’s had a dead arm and a cramped left forearm this season. Maine didn’t want to come out of the game but Jerry Manuel erred on the side of caution wisely. Maine is too valuable to the Mets because of his skill, age, and salary to take a chance on further injuring his shoulder in a July game against the Marlins.
New York Mets (57-48 Road: 25-28) at Florida Marlins (55-50 Home: 29-23) 7:10pm
John Maine (9-7 4.20) vs. Ricky Nolasco (10-6 3.99)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Maine had a good game against Philly in his last start going seven innings and giving up only three runs. I still expected more from him this season. I thought he would break out and it hasn’t happened yet. Nolasco has lost in his last two starts. He hasn’t won a game since July 7th.
Fernando Tatis has electrified Mets fans with his offensive ability over his short stint with the Mets, 19 days to be exact. In that time he’s managed two game winning hits in the last four days. His “late and close” hitting has been impressive and New York Mets manager Willie Randolph sure needed it.
Randolph was called on the carpet by the Mets owners less than a week ago for running the highest paid team in the National League into a sub .500 record. I don’t know the exact contents of that conversation or if an ultimatum was given to Randolph. But I’m sure that one was was implied by the Mets owner. Randolph was left needing a player to make a difference quickly. I doubt that he ever thought that player would be Tatis.
Tatis has been in and out of the major leagues for the last five years and spent the entire 2007 season at Triple-A New Orleans. His presence has been felt like a bolt of lightning striking energy into an unispired Mets team over the last three weeks. He came through with a run scoring single off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton yesterday in the eighth inning. And he hit a two run double on Wednesday against the Florida Marlins to secure a 7-6 win in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Mets had fallen behind by one run in the top of the 12th. Continue reading “Fernando Tatis Proving Late And Close Ability”
If the Mets turn things around this season, mark this date on your calendar. The Met have their first come from behind win after the seventh inning this season. Fernando Tatis had the big hit off Justin Miller to score Carlos Beltran for the win.
There are so many things to talk about in this game. Endy Chavez hit a pinch hit solo homer in the ninth inning to tie the game and send it to extras. Luis Castillo and Jose Reyes also homered earlier in the game.
I like this lineup much better without Carlos Delgado in there. Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis are doing some nice things at the plate. They were both looking to hit behind runners and lift the ball for sacrifice flies. Those are the little things that you don’t get from Delgado, who’s usually swinging for the fences no matter what the situation dictates.
Aaron Heilman had another really nice outing. He pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth with four strikeouts. It would be great to have him come back to form.
Oliver Perez was his typical unpredictable self tonight. He went six innings giving up five runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. The wheels came off in the sixth inning when he gave up six runs.
For the Marlins, Cody Ross hit two bombs. And I mean bombs. His second home run may have actually damaged Citi Field, it went that far. Both homers were off Perez.
The Mets take the series from the Marlins 2 games to 1. The Dodgers come to town tomorrow.
Florida Marlins (29-20) at New York Mets (23-25) 7:10pm
Ricky Nolasco (3-3 4.62) vs. Mike Pelfrey (2-5 5.00)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The big question is: who will be managing the Mets tonight? More news on that to come today. The first place Marlins come to town to take on the fourth place Mets. That sounds horrible! The Mets have been sloppy and uninspired over the past two weeks. I have a feeling that they’re going to hear some boos from the home crowd tonight.
Although I usually stick to Mets news, this story will impact the National League East for many years. Fish Stripes is reporting that the Florida Marlins are close to a deal with Hanley Ramirez to extend his contract for an additional six years.
The deal would be the largest financial commitment in team history. That’s amazing considering the Marlins have won two World Series’ in the last eleven years.
The deal is reported to be for six years/$70 million and buys out Ramirez’ first three years of free agency. Hanley must really need the big money now because he’ll probably be making A-Rod type money at some point in his career. He’s definitely giving the Marlins a discount.