It’s hard to understand the Mets proclivity for having three catchers. It’s especially difficult to understand when they don’t use them as you would expect. The only reason that they would do this is to use Ramon Castro as a pinch hitter but that hasn’t been the strategy when Cancel was on the roster earlier this season. The Mets did use Nick Evans to pinch run for Brian Schneider last night, so I guess that’s what the plan is.
It’s been since June 1st since Johan Santana last won a game. That changed tonight as the Mets shout out the San Francisco Giants for the second consecutive game and got their fifth straight win. The Mets are on a roll.
Santana only pitched five innings and left the game when the it was delayed for 40 minutes by rain. He only gave up three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Aaron Heilman, Duaner Sanchez, and Joe Smith finished off the final four innings without allowing a Giants hitter to reach base.
The offensive star of the game goes to Carlos Delgado. He seems to have found his stroke over the last couple of weeks. He was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Ramon Castro was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and his third homer of the year. Argenis Reyes came in as a pinch hitter and stayed in to play second base. And he went 2 for 2.
San Francisco Giants (39-51 Road: 22-23) at New York Mets (46-44 Home: 23-18) 7:10pm
Jonathan Sanchez (8-4 3.87) vs. Johan Santana (7-7 2.96)
What to watch: The Mets looked terrific behind Mike Pelfrey last night for their fourth consecutive win. They really need to give Santana some run support. He’s pitched much better than his record. Sanchez is a touch lefty so maybe we’ll see Endy Chavez on the bench tonight and Ramon Castro getting a start.
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The Mets dropped the first game of the four game series to the Phillies and wasted another great start by Johan Santana. He went eight innings giving up only two runs on six hits and no walks. He had a hiccup in the sixth giving up two runs but other than that he was masterful.
The offense failed the Mets again tonight. After getting some good hitting in St. Louis the Mets reverted to form. Ramon Castro went 2 for 3 with a double but that was about it for any kind of offensive star of the game.
Duaner Sanchez lost the tie game in the ninth inning after giving up a double to Pedro Feliz, then a single to Shane Victorino scoring Feliz.
Tony Armas, Jr. didn’t look like a Cy Young Award candidate in his spot start but he did get the win. He went six innings giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk. Armas was shaky early in the game giving up a two run homer to Rick Ankiel in the first inning. But he settled down and threw strikes. He doesn’t look like he has much of an arsenal to rely on but may be serviceable as a long man in the bullpen.
The Mets offense woke up tonight! David Wright was 3 for 4 with a solo homer in the sixth inning. Carlos Delgado was 3 for 3 with two doubles. Ramon Castro was the offensive star going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s. Castro had a two run double in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.
There was a scary moment in the eighth inning. Yadier Molina hit a line drive off the leg of Duaner Sanchez. David Wright picked up the carom and threw out Molina at first base for the last out of the inning. So we don’t know the extent of the injury yet.