27.5.09

Busy Day and Complete Game Victory

What a day.

It was as though the Mets front office suddenly woke up from a slumber and realised the season has begun.

Good moves, putting Reyes and Church on the DL.

Although Ramon Martinez just might begin to show more convincing form(RBI double, nice play in the field, batting average all the way up to .100) eventually, just in case, they acquired Wilson Valdez from the Indians for cash. You know when you can buy a player for cash he's not that good and Valdez can't hit his way through a wet paper bag but he's got a decent glove and it's a brilliant way to add to Omar's sky-high pile of mediocre player signings.

But perhaps the biggest of the roster news of the day was Fernando Martinez getting called up and immediately inserted into right field and 6 slot in the batting order. Nothing not to like about this, getting sight of the brightest and certainly most publicised prospect in the farm system.

Not as poetic as a grand slam of course, but grounding into a force out with the bases loaded in the 3rd at least netted FMart his first RBI. He was rather quiet at the plate, striking out on a foul tip in his first at-bat before getting hit by a pitch in the 5th.

All you need to know...

As for the game itself, Livan Hernandez pitched the full nine innings, giving the bullpen its first rest of the season; about all the news you need to know about the game other than Sheffield hitting another three-run homer for the second night in a row. Gary Sheffield...Nats killah.

Irony? How about Church and Schneider being on the Mets DL whilst Lasting Milledge gets a screw inserted into his broken finger?

Overall, a hopeful day and evening for the Mets. A little fresh blood on the roster, a complete game by the number five starter, an easy victory over a team they should get an easy victory over. No one made any stupid errors, nobody got hurt and everyone touched the bags. What more can you ask for really? A season of Nats on the schedule?

5 comments:

jdon said...

I sometimes think that the Mets star players get to decide whether they go on th DL. Kudos to Livan. I have not trashed him much this year. Once I saw how much weight this Lardass lost I decided to pull for him. It is not an easy thing to do, lose that much lard, even if you are an athlete and should be in shape. He is very professional on the mound and a great fielder. I also wondered why we did not lose tonight. The Nats had a better lineup out there, and we had minor leaguers on the field. The answer was twofold. Livan, for one, was better than their guy. Second, we had effort through the lineup. A strange sight, I agree, but in games against also rans and never wases, effort is what guarantees success. Hear that, my entitled mets millionaire players?

Jaap said...

Yes, with Reyes out of the lineup the Mets certainly had a better chance of giving a full effort against a bunch of also-rans.

Good to see Omar trading for someone else's minor league scrubs, just for a change of pace.

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