UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Mets vs. Phils with first place on the line. Jamie Moyer vs. Pedro Martinez. Enjoy…
UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: People are still filing in, but this is a great ballpark. I’ve been to almost all the new ones â€” San Fran, Detroit, Pittsburgh, etc. â€” but this is as nice as any of them.
Even if the fans are insane.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Good, not great, start for the Mets considering they had four hits in the inning. I don’t know how it looked on TV, but Shane Victorino should’ve caught Tatis’ bloop single with one out and the bases loaded. He slowed up significantly as the ball came toward him and it didn’t land far in front of him. Naturally, the crowd booed. (Of course, they would boo Ben Franklin if he showed up to throw out the first pitch.)
If you check back a couple posts ago when I posted the starting pitchers’ stats against opposing hitters, you would notice Moyer hasn’t had much success against the core of the Met lineup. It’s going to take all his guile for the 45-year-old to survive through six or seven tonight.
I’ll have more on Manuel’s lineup decisions soon.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Manuel looks like a genius tonight. Here’s why:
His reasoning before the game for starting Tatis and Easley (although Easley will probably play against most LHP) is that they were experienced hitters. â€œJamie (Moyer) sometimes can really, really expose young hitters,” he said. “Iâ€™m giving the nod to Tatis today.â€ He said someone like Nick Evans would fare better against a LHP like Scott Olson, who relies more on power stuff and less on deception.
Here’s what those two lineup adjustments have done so far:
â€” Easley: 2 for 2, 1B, 430-foot HR, two runs scored, sparkling defensive play in second inning on Carlos Ruiz.
â€” Tatis: 2 for 2, RBI 1B, 3-run HR after a marathon at-bat
Suffice it to say, Manuel’s gut gave him solid advice tonight.
Interestingly enough, that was Tatis’ first home run vs. a LHP all season. His 10 previous HRs came off RHP, who he has fared better against overall in ’08.
UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: David Wright’s RBI ground out gave him four 100 RBI seasons. He is the only Met in history to ever accomplish that â€” and he accomplished it in four consecutive seasons.
UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: The hospitality of the fans may leave something to be desired, but you can’t say the same about the reporters here Philly. Two members of the Phillies’ promotions team, dressed in hats and jerseys, just came up to the press box and gathered everyone together to sing happy birthday to someone named Todd.
Speaking of Philly, sorry about my post from early this morning. The link to Philly.com was corrupted, so it deleted the last half of my post. I didn’t see it because it looked normal on my end, and I was in the car driving down here for a while.
More in a bit on Damion Easley going for the cycle.
UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Just speculating here, but it looked like either a pulled hammy or pulled groin for Castro, who was lifted for Brian Schneider.
I’ll let you know Castro’s status when it’s announced.
UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: Pat Burrell may be a Met killer but Pedro is apparently the antidote. Burrell is now 1 for 26 career vs. Pedro with 11 K’s.
Ooh! Just as I write that, Ryan Howard hit one to the moon. 7-5 Mets. I agree with Gil, they cannot lose this game after leading 7-0. To fall out of first in such fashion would be crushing.
UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Easley hasn’t had a cycle since 6/8/01 when he played for Detroit. You have to applaud a man who would bunt for a base hit when a double would net him his first cycle in more than seven years.
UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Pat the Bat won’t put this one on his offseason resume tape. 0 for 4, six left on base, three strikeouts.
I’ll tell you, if anyone is more primed to disappoint some unsuspecting team next year after signing a big deal, I don’t know the guy. Everything is a huge cut, home run or bust.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: It’s a strained right quad for Ramon Castro. Apparently, he has yet to strain that muscle this season.
I know, I know. We’re all shocked.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Does this remind anyone of a Sox-Yankees game? Four hours. Moves galore. Every pitcher struggling. Messy inning after messy inning.
Come to think of it, the Mets and Phillies are playing slower than the Sox and Yankees tonight.
By the way, right-handed hitters are now 30 for 89 (.337) vs. Pedro Feliciano this year.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: That’s 38 blown leads for the Mets this year. It actually seems like more than that, but that’s an awfully high number.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Aaron Heilman is at 54 pitches and facing Ryan Howard. Sheesh.
I hope no one has Pat Burrell on his or her fantasy team. 0 for 7 with 9 LOB.