16.6.07

Two Trains Travelling In Opposite Directions...

Not so fast.


10 games without an extra base hit comes to an abrupt end.

Remember the euphoria of shutting out the Tigers to open a big series following getting swept by the Phillies last week?

After the five game losing streak that followed, I'm holding back until the Mets take the second game of this series before I start getting excited.

Well, really excited, that is.


Game-turner

After all, snapping a Yankees 9-game winning streak, a Mets 5-game losing streak and stuffing Roger Clemens for his first loss of the season all in one game is bloody well exciting in itself.


Just enough to top the Rocket

Watching Jose Reyes run wild on the basepaths with three stolen bases, homer into right field off Clemens, add a pair of singles, one which drove in the other Mets run, to an overall dominating evening, was exicting.

Carlos Gomez making a Chavez-like (or what it more reminiscent of Jeffrey Maier?) grab to rob Miguel Cairo and then double Matsui off of second base to kill a potential Yankee rally in the bottom of the 4th, was exciting.


What, me worry? I'm the clutchest pitcher in the Mets rotation...

Clutch defence (let's not forget Valentin's grab at the tarp and Beltran's routinely amazing grab in the 8th)) solid pitching (Oliver Perez tossing a 5-hit shutout) were two of the ingredients the Mets have been missing in their recent tailspin blending together in one night of euphoric oneupmanship as the Mets defeated the Yankees in the Bronx 2-0.

You might point out, if you weren't ready to get too excited just yet that the Mets still struggled at the plate, going 1 for 9 with men in scoring position, but the pitching and the defence and Reyes were enough to offset some other glaring deficiencies.

Not that Willie didn't try to shake things up a bit, moving Carlos Beltran into the number two spot and batting David Wright behind him.

But it's rather difficult to have much of an impact when your clean up hitter in Carlos Delgado, who I think we can now officially confirm is locked in a career-worse season long struggle at the plate, striking out four times in four at-bats.

And Billy Wagner, who put it in the books with a 1-2-3 9th ending with a strikeout, got it right when he pointed out "It's just one game, and it doesn't mean anything if we don't back it up [on Saturday]."

And let's not forget on Saturday, with Glavine going for his 296th win yet again, the Mets will see even more pressure facing Tyler Clippard, who we all remember as the nobody who threw six shutout innings against the Mets to prevent a Subway Series sweep last month.

*****

Let's just be thankful it wasn't auld Cliffy I was going to catch it Floyd out their in left last night...

2 comments:

sanchez said...

Two trains 150 miles apart are traveling toward each other along the same track. The first train goes 60 miles per hour; the second train rushes along at 90 miles per hour. A fly is hovering just above the nose of the first train. It buzzes from the first train to the second train, turns around immediately, flies back to the first train, and turns around again. It goes on flying back and forth between the two trains until they collide. If the fly's speed is 120 miles per hour, how far will it travel?

Answer: Who fucking cares, the Mets won anyway!

Jaap said...

That depends, sanchez: who is the fly, Carlos Delgado (in which case it will strike out swinging on 5 pitches and go back to the bench sheepishly) or Moises Alou (in which case it won't travel any further than the disabled list..)