To be an ace, a pitcher has to stare down trouble with the game in the balance. With two on and no outs in the sixth, John Maine blew away the AstrosÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ power in Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee, and got Mark Loretta on a pop-up to end the inning.
-The Mets are 20-9 in the first game of a series, which is the best record in the majors.
-I’ve said this before, but Carlos Delgado is looking better. Last night he went 4-for-4. On this trip he’s hitting .419 (13-for-31).
-Ramon Castro always seems to do well when he starts. Tonight he was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
-In his last eight games Carlos Beltan has five homers and eight RBI.