This blog has ripped Luis Castillo in the first few games of the season but is happy to eat its words tonight as he hit the game-winning infield hit against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets beat the Brewers in walk-off fashion, 5-4. JJ Putz ended up with the win after starter Livan Hernandez gave up a three-run lead.
Castillo has been on fire lately, batting .385. His pitch taking at the plate still will drive you crazy, but you’ve gotta admit he’s doing a lot better than he was last year. It was nice to see the Mets win a close game, too.
A more troubling aspect of the game was the fact that the Mets left the bases loaded on three different occasions. It’s something this blog has touched on before but tonight was especially bad as the Mets left 13 men on base. It’s a problem that extended to last season, although the Mets still came in second in runs scored in 2008. The problem isn’t runs scored; it’s runs scored in clutch situations.
In other news, catcher Brian Schneider was placed on the 15-day disabled list today. Omir Santos, who had a very good Spring Training, was called up to fill Schneider’s roster spot. Ramon Castro started tonight’s game and contributed with two hits and an RBI.
And even though Mike Pelfrey thinks he will be OK to pitch in Sunday’s game, Nelson Figueroa is expected to start.
Johan Santana hopes to make it two wins in a row Saturday afternoon. Let’s hope the Mets give him some run support and defense.