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Important game tonight. Hope you enjoy.
Let’s kick their asses!
Will Jose Reyes PLEASE stop giving away at-bats?
Popping up the first pitch he sees?
Amen Gil, I am SICK of it. Someone needs to smack him upside the head, this is ridiculous.
BH: Exactly. Look at what Yunel Escobar did against Oli: fouled off three two-strike pitches and worked the count to 2-2 before grounding out.
He let the rest of the hitters see seven different pitches, which must have helped Matt Diaz when he hit the first-pitch fastball out of the park.
It’s doing the little things right that win the biggest games.
GET IT TOGETHER, YOU GUYS!!!
Take charge and catch the popup!
Of all times to clutch up, NOT NOW!
Friend of mine suggested this is the biggest regular season series for the Mets since 2001. I reminded him that there was a 2005 series against the Phillies at the end of August and into early September with the two teams within a game of each other for the wild card lead (Castro’s 8th-inning, game-winning homer put them .5 back after the first game). That said, hard to make a case that this isn’t the 2nd-biggest regular season series since 2001.
It’s only the 2nd, but they have that sloppy, June-ish look about them tonight.
i hope this game gets rained out before the 3rd
This is ridiculous.
The frakkin’ pitcher gets a two-out hit now?
Down 3-0 already?
Why are we always choking against the Braves?
Ben: Tonight’s game is even more crucial to this series because we face John Smoltz tomorrow and Tim Hudson on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Oli has already thrown 45 pitches in two innings, so he’s not long for this game.
The hitters have to be patient and make Carlyle work and chip away – not press to get it all back in one or two swings.
well the bullpen’s rested…and if its a blowout…we have shoewenweiss…
i think the team has a 300 party hangover…
Oh I don’t fail to recognize tonight’s importance, believe me, I was just saying you can’t call this the most important regular season series since 2001 because that one was later in the year and with a closer gap between the teams involved.
Settle down, Ollie!
What a choke job.
This is embarrassing.
If win the season series from the Braves, we don’t deserve to win the division.
And I’m damn sick of year after year after year – except for last year – being the Braves’ punching bag.
Every year, our expectations are raised, but when it comes to playing the Braves, we can’t – barring a miracle comeback tonight – seem to rise to the occasion.
Crap. On the bright side, only 24 innings left in this series.
1-2-3 braves first 3 innings….if they get 4 runs in the fourth…i’ll be very sad
i like to compare the mets to a main course at a fine dining restaurant…
sometimes the meal’s missing the “MEAT” even though its there. mostly we’re getting a strong taste from the sides, with minor hints of the “MEAT”...so we need to emphasize the “MEAT” of our course…yum
As great as Alou is against lefties he has been equally god awful against righties. God forbid we juggle the lineup accordingly.
Can’t wait till we have a smart manager again.
I see Jose hasn’t learned much from his first at-bat.
Nice to get a run in, but we needed him on base.
What is it with him and Alou swinging at the first fastballs they see?
At least Reyes hit the ball on the ground there to get the run home. I was thinking about that horrible display in the first when he came to the plate.-JD
Oh – and so what does D-Wright do?
Swing at the first pitch and make an out.
Sure would’ve liked him to have a good at-bat to at least give Delgado a chance with him on.
I don’t understand the first-pitch swinging either. When you’re down six you need runners. They still need them. They had a plan the other day in Chicago against Zambrano, but I don’t see one tonight.-JD
Now THAT was an at-bat.
Great job by Delgado to draw the walk and start the inning.
And just when Delgado does great work, Alou undoes it by consistently swinging at the first fastball he %$#$%^& sees!!!
I am now praying that Alou is injured for the rest of the year.
I’m sorry, but 2 double plays in a game like this? Go sit at the end of the bench.
When Alou comes up with a man on, I pray that he strikes out or pops up. This is not how it should be.
STOP KILLING RALLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice sliding catch, Moises. Couldn’t at least break an arm in the process?
Cold Ben, real cold.
I know, John, and I’m usually not this bitter. But I lose all patience when you become more of a liability to a team than an asset. This usually applies to relief pitchers more than anyone, but let’s look at the facts. Signed a nice contract to play here, fine. Injury that seemed not terribly bad at first, seemed to worsen. Well them’s the breaks, right? Can’t fault a guy for being hurt. But now he’s back and decent road trip aside, it just appears he’s causing a lot more harm than good. Any time the Mets sniff a rally, he makes sure it doesn’t get anywhere. But don’t worry, down several runs you can count on him for some solo home runs. Enough is enough. Soon as Beltran’s back put Milledge in left field 5 times a week, give Alou his day or two to pretend he can still play, and the rest of the time keep him on the bench.
Ben, there’s no doubting Alou has been more an anchor than a life preserver this year. I said pretty much the same thing in Chicago when he hit those homers in Chicago. But, I know Willie is going to keep riding him down the stretch. Outside of another injury, he probably has to knock over a bank to get out of the line-up. Next year your outfield looks to be Beltran, Milledge and Gomez.-JD
By the way, the Mets said Gomez isn’t hitting yet down in Florida.-JD
Fantastic dig on Joe Morgan by Darling there, loved it.
The sound is turned off on the press box TV monitor. Please share.-JD
That looks like a mighty fine outfield to me John, I’ll live with the young mistakes considering the defense you get with those 3.
Don’t forget the return of Endy! I can see a Gomez/Endy platoon to start the year, with Gomez ultimately getting more of the starts as the season progresses.
This game is maddening—they have yet to be closer than 3 runs yet it seems closer than it’s been.
Is Mota finding his rhythm or is he juiced again?
Keith said something about Castillo when he was with the Marlins, and Ron remarked that his many years with Florida meant he was certainly very familiar with the Wrigley winds when we went after the popup on Sunday.
Wish I had the direct quote, it was subtle and if you missed Morgan’s comments Sunday you would have missed it.
Well, he hasn’t failed any tests. Interesting. David Wright gets dusted and Mota hits Teixeira.
You gotta give Alou his props: At this pace, he’d olbiterate the all-time, single-season record for GIDP. The record is 36, by Jim Rice, and Alou has turned the trick 11 times in 143 ABs. It’s a shame he suffered that quad injury, as this record was well within his reach.
But, as far as rhythm goes, let’s not forget the bases are loaded.-JD
I heard Gomez should be hitting in a week or so, hamate bone breaks are painful and can drain power for 6 months, though most comeback from it. I can tell you this though, if Gomez was around with Milledge, Gomez would be getting the starts in center as Milledge is only average out there. Milledge might only be a 3 tool guy, hit, hit for power, and throw.
Benny … can you project his pace out over a full season, say 600 ABs?-JD
It’s about 45 DP in 600 AB’s.
Wow … that is impressive. In a perverse sort of way, of course.
About damn time we brushed SOMEONE back.
Maybe Oli should’ve done that after Diaz’s homer. When Oli’s “effectively wild” he’s at his best.
If not for that quad injury, we could have had our bit of history this year. Do you think Selig would have come out to Shea to see Moises ground into #37?
Mike … yes, Gomez is better defensively and faster, too. Milledge sometimes doesn’t get a good jump on the ball. He had two diving catches in center in Milwaukee, but one of those was after getting a bad jump.-JD
I will bolt right after the game to the clubhouse. Should be back and done writing by maybe 11:15 or so. If you have some questions ready, I’ll do my best to answer them.-JD
You still think Gomez will be the starter in the outfield in 2008. I don’t know, look at the cubs this year. Their top prospect Felix Pie a better prospect than Gomez has been stranded in AAA despite hitting .350 there this year and has been compared to Beltran. I mean the Cubs are bringing up Eric Patterson over Pie. The cubs are starting Angel Pagan over Pie who could win a gold glove in center. Sweet Lou is like Willie playing aging Vets over the kids who are actually pretty good.
Yeah ask them if Gomez is going to get some AB’s in the minors the rest of the year and see if they are going to call him up in September when the rosters increase.
What a pathetic effort.
They should be embarrassed. As a fan, I am.
Here’s my question: if the Mets drop 2 of 3 to the Braves this week, then again in their next meeting, but still win the division, does it make a difference? And how about if the Braves don’t even make the playoffs? Basically, do the Mets have to prove to themselves they can beat the Braves just to be able to do it, even if they don’t have to face them in October, or are they just another team?
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