Carlos Beltran came back in last night’s loss to the Marlins. He went 1-for-4 at the plate and just missed hitting a grand slam. He looked comfortable in the field, too.
His return also is giving Mets management a difficult decision in whom to send out to left field every day. Both Angel Pagan and Cory Sullivan have played well in the outfield. Pagan got the start last night and had two hits, including another triple. Sullivan has a .313 batting average in the past 11 games.
The game was pretty much over after the fifth inning. The Marlins hit two, two-run homers, and the Mets managed to eke out two of their own. By the sixth inning, the SNY-TV announcers Ron Darling, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez had left the booth to experiment with what they called the “Silent Sixth.” There was no commentary in the entire inning, just the natural sounds of the game.
That wasn’t the only difference in the booth last night. Ten-year-old Kyle Singh of Queens got the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer in the bottom of the third inning. Looks like the Mets are pulling out all the stops in the final month of the season.