A few minutes away from first pitch. Based on forecasts, I never thought this game would have been played. The weather woman I watched this morning made it seem like we were all in mortal danger with the storm that was coming. I don’t see a puddle anywhere. If I already didn’t have a job where I didn’t know what I was talking about, I’d become a meteorologist.
Now that this game will be played, the Mets will have to bring up a starter for Wednesday. Minaya said it will likely be somebody from New Orleans, and that most likely somebody will be Adam Bostick.
Since Matt Wise will eventually be activated and back in the bullpen, who should go down? Personally, I feel Luis Castillo’s quad will become a lingering issue and a stint on the DL is possible.
Joe Smith, Angel Pagan, and Endy Chavez are the candidates. Smith has allowed five earned runs and struck out 13 in 15 innings, so nobody wants to let go. Don’t forget he was this good last April and May before falling off. Pagan (.278) and Chavez (7 for 63) wouldn’t be missed.
Had Pagan not pinch-hit yesterday, he and his nagging shoulder could have gone on the DL, and been retro’d to the Dodgers series to buy some time.
Second inning: Nelson Figueroa was reminded of what a bad fielder Carlos Delgado has become the Nationals tied the game at 1-1 because of it. Damion Easley just smacked a solo shot to center to put the Mets back up.
If you aren’t watching the game on TV, you missed five-tool star Lastings Milledge nearly made a fool of himself in center on Easley’s homer. He was difting toward the bleachers in left-center on a ball that went directly over the “410” sign in center. Had the ball hit off the wall, Milledge would have been a good 20-30 feet away from it.
As I write this, Ryan Church just lined a single to right. Right now, it’s his MVP to lose.
Third inning: Just checked the media guide. Here’s a little known fact about Nelson Figueroa: he hates pitching with a lead.
For the third inning in a row, he gave back the lead, this time on a horrendous throwing error. He did a nice job of knocking down Felipe Lopez’s grounder but air-mailed the throw to the plate.
The throw actually went through the batters box. Perhaps he was confused and thought there was someone batting. He’s already hit three guys.
Fifth inning: Figueroa is nearing 100 pitches and just gave up an RBI single to the opposing pitcher… and NOW somebody starts warming up in the pen.
Obviously, that person is Jorge Sosa, who is Figueroa’s personal reliever.
Sixth inning: The line on Jorge Sosa: 1 inn., 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks.
Would the Angels accept a trade of Matt Wise for Darren Oliver? The Mets clearly don’t need Wise and Sosa is miserable right now. Actually, Oliver hasn’t been quite as good as his 2006 season with the Mets, so I’m sure that won’t work. But it goes to show how valuable an innings-eating reliever can be. The Mets are now blown out of this game.
Eighth inning: Half of the 250 fans at Shea Stadium just broke for the exits after David Wright’s based loaded ground out ended that threat. It’s 10-4 in the ninth against one of the worst teams in baseball.
It leads me to a question: How cold does it have to be for some people to leave a game? There couldn’t have been more than a few thousand here at its highest point, which surprised me. Some people are still sticking around even now.
Be back after the game with any news/notes.