The Mets got a good start by John Maine. Actually, it was an excellent start. He went 6 innings only giving up one unearned run on one hit. Another great sign for Maine is that he only threw 94 pitches over six innings. That’s usually one of his big problems, throwing too many pitches to go deep into games.
On offense David Wright was 2 for 4 with a triple, 2 runs, and 1 RBI. It’s nice to see him get something going with the bat. Daniel Murphy had a pinch hit triple. But the star of the game was Omir Santos who seems like he might be losing his status as the back up catcher and moving toward starting. He hit a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez in the first inning, complete with a curtain call from the crowd.
On defense Gary Sheffield got the start in left field and immediately dropped an easy fly ball. You would’ve thought it was Murphy out there if Sheff had spun around and fell down while he was dropping the ball. Carlos Delgado didn’t play after experiencing some pain in his hip when he hit a triple against the Nationals yesterday. Fernando Tatis started at first base. Also, Luis Castillo left the game after having some back spasms while running out a ground ball for a hit.
The Marlins lose their seventh straight game and the Mets go to 9-10 on the season.
The Mets blew a quality start by Nelson Figueroa by not hitting, again, with runners in scoring position. They were 2 for 13 in the game and are now hitting .236 as a team with RISP through the first 12 games of the season.
The Mets couldn’t do anything with Carlos Beltran and Gary Sheffield on with no outs in the seventh inning. Fernando Tatis struck out and Omir Santos lined into a double play to end the threat. There’s been some criticism of Jerry Manuel’s decision not to sacrifice the runner’s around with Tatis’ spot in the lineup. But I like having Tatis hit with a runner in scoring position versus a sacrifice. He hit .392 with RISP in 74 at-bats last season so I like those odds.
The Mets win 2 for 3 from the Brewers in the series but their season record drops to 6-6.
Johan Santana threw seven shutout innings again only giving up five hits and no walks. His season ERA is down to 0.46. There’s no slow start to the season for Santana. Once again, the bullpen shut down the Brewers over the final two innings with J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez combining to preserve the shutout. I can definitely get used to this bullpen!
The only run for the Mets, and in the game, occured in the bottom of the seventh. Omir Santos pinch ran for Ramon Castro and scored on a fielder’s choice by Jose Reyes. Scoring the run in the seventh earned a win for Santana.
The Mets go to 6-5 on the season and go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon against the Brewers.