METS (76-61, 1st NL East):
7 Reyes, SS
28 Murphy, LF
5 Wright, 3B
21 Delgado, 1B
15 Beltran, CF
19 Church, RF
3 Easley, 2B
23 Schneider, C
57 Santana, P
â€” Here’s Santana vs. the Brewers’ hitters. The Brewers roughed up Santana in his only start against them this year. They beat him 5-3 in his Shea debut (in a Met uniform), touching him for five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 IP.
BREWERS (75-55, 2nd NL Central):
23 Weeks, 2B
7 Hardy, SS
8 Braun, LF
1 Hart, RF
25 Cameron, CF
2 Hall, 3B
18 Kendall, C
15 Sheets, P
â€” Here’s Sheets vs. the Mets’ hitters. He was the pitcher of record when the Brewers beat Santana at Shea.
UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Two quick items…
1. Jose Reyes appeared to hurt his neck when he crashed into 2B Rickie Weeks on that leadoff double. Reyes stayed in the game, and was subsequently caught stealing, but I’ll have to check on him after the game. It was a hard collision.
2. I’ll be posting in Central time because that’s what time I’m on. Please adjust accordingly.
3. Boy, they know how to eat here in Milwaukee. Everything comes accompanied with cheese. In fact, cheese and custard appear to be the two most common delicacies here in the great state of Wisconsin. … I won’t tell you who, but one fellow writer put together the following breakfast: eggs and bacon; bratwurst with nacho cheese; and frozen custard. Wow.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: With the second-best record in the NL, the Brewers are obviously a good team. But they’ve been one of the best teams in baseball for a while now.
â€” The Brew Crew went 20-7 in August, second only to the Rays (21-7).
â€” They have five players with 20 homers or more, and seven of the eight starters are in double-digits.
â€” CC Sabathia is the second pitcher in 90 years to win his first nine decisions with a new team, joining Doyle Alexander in ’87. (Good trade for the Tigers in the short-run, bad trade in the long run because they dealt away this guy.)
â€” Think the Mets’ starters have been good? The Brewers’ rotation is 17-5 with a 2.49 ERA in its last 27 starts.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Good sign for the Mets. Santana’s velocity is right at 93, 94 on every single fastball today. Despite the early run, which happened solely because there is a third baseman in left field, Santana is very sharp. He has excellent stuff, as evident by the four K’s.
On another note, this is the second time I’ve been to Miller Park. The other time it was a gloomy late-May afternoon. I thought it kind of looked like an airport hanger, like Bank One in Phoenix with a little added glass behind the CF wall. My impression has changed now. The stands are almost full (I’m guessing it’ll be announced as a sellout) and the roof is open, splashing sun on the playing surface. This really is a great place to watch a ballgame.
UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Apparently, even Milwaukee has caved in to the pressures of modern life. One of America’s old holdover cities has tainted one of its great attractions, the Sausage Race at Miller Park, by adding a fifth sausage, Chorizo (No. 5).
Now tell me…How many Wisconsinites eat chorizo?
At least I kept it real earlier when I enjoyed a fine brat for lunch.
UPDATE, 2:29 p.m.: Sheets has now retired 10 in a row in comically easy fashion. He’s actually retired 12 of 13, the only objector being Damion Easley, who walked in the second with two out. Sheets has thrown 54 pitches through five.
UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: * BREAKING NEWS * Sheets was just lifted for pinch-hitter Joe Dillon after 54 pitches. He must be injured.
I’ll let you know when we get an update.
UPDATE, 2:38 p.m.: Cody Ross popped off yesterday in Florida in regard to Mike Pelfrey’s comments after Saturday’s game. I smell possible fireworks down the road:
â€If he wants to pop off, Iâ€™ll let him,â€ Ross said Sunday after reading the comments. â€œI figure you would do that if you were 3-0 against a team and not 0-3.â€
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: * SHEETS DIAGNOSIS * Ben Sheets left the game with tightness in his left groin.
UPDATE, 2:57 p.m.: During David Wright’s AB vs. Villaneuva with runners at first and third and one out, the display on the left field wall said Wright was .310, 56 HR, 400 RBI in his career with runners on. You know what I thought: Imagine what he was before this year?
With RISP this year, Wright is now 40 for 166 with four HR and 68 RBI.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: * BREAKING NEWS * The Polish sausage won the race. He took it fairly easily, tying the hot dog for the most victories this year (17).
UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Costly balk there by Santana, who, for those following along on the ‘net, balked in Prince Fielder from third. He started to rock back in the windup, hesitated, then stepped back off the rubber.
The run gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead over the Mets, who have watched only three of their last 18 batters reach base, just one by way of a hit.
UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: Somewhere along the way I ended up going back to Eastern time. Anyway…
That’s another stranded runner for Wright. Make it 40 for 167. … It’d even be OK if he moved the guy over to third so Delgado could hit a sac fly here, but he struck out again. That’s a lot of big K’s for Wright on this trip.
UPDATE, 4:47 p.m.: Say this about Delgado â€” Not only does he hit big HRs, he doesn’t let a chance to pound a middling reliever pass him by. Today’s middling reliever was Eric Gagne, who grooved a BP fastball on an 0-2 count.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Manuel letting Figueroa pitch to Ryan Braun. Close your eyes Met fans.
UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Not a great call by Manuel. The best hitters in baseball â€” Braun is one of them â€” simply don’t get out against Triple-A pitchers. With Joe Smith ready and extra arms in the ‘pen, I don’t know how you let Figueroa pitch to Braun.
I guess it’s an indication of how Manuel feels about Duaner Sanchez, Luis Ayala and Aaron Heilman.
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Boy, the Brewers are really blowing this one-hitter/no-hitter thing out of proportion. Read what Doug Melvin had to say here. He shouldn’t expect any Christmas cards from the scorekeepers this year.
UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: * BELTRAN UPDATE * Carlos Beltran just left the game and was replacedÂ in CF by Endy Chavez. They announced that Beltran is day-to-day with a right knee contusion.
This is potentially big news for the Mets. Beltran, who has been just OK all season, had really begun to heat up. He had four HRs and 10 RBI last week and he had two hits and scored two runs today.
Well Met fans…let the Ed Rapuano hating begin.