Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mets Split in DC, Maine Pulled Very Early

After a loss last night that can only be described as disappointing (despite a great outing from Dickey), the Mets found yet another way to come back this season.  This time the Mets came back with a win the next night, and they did it with a huge hand from the bullpen. 

Tonight the Mets defeated the Nats 10-7 (box score/wrap up) on the back of a great relief effort from Raul Valdes, who relieved John Maine after only throwing 5 pitches and walking a batter, and a very nice offensive effort.

First thing's first...

John Maine threw 5 pitches tonight, because, according to Metsblog, Warthen noticed in warm ups that Maine had some messed up mechanics and his velocity wasn't where it should have been.  This is not encouraging for Maine, but somehow makes me feel better about the coaching staff.  I'm happy to know, for once, that they weren't willing to let things get out of hand before they pulled the plug on Maine.  I'm going to assume that had less to do with a philosophy change and more to do with the staff not wanting to get fired, but that's just me.  Regardless let's give my third favorite Valdes (behind Ismael and Juan) some credit for doing work tonight.  Valdes went 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, and came in after the first batter in the game.  Mejia, on the other hand, had a tough outing tonight giving up 3 runs in an inning and 2/3 and let the Nats creep back into the game.  Eventually K-Rod would shut the door, but not after giving up a run himself.  Mixed bag of nuts on the mound tonight for the Mets... 

At the plate, David Wright's base-clearing double (also added a sac fly later in the game) in the first got the Mets going offensively.  Francoeur also had two hits, Reyes had two, Barajas had two included a homer, Bay had three hits along with Davis who scored 3 runs as well.  Bottomline here is after Atilano shut the Mets down last week, they exploded on him tonight.  The team pounded out 10 runs and 15 hits on route to what should have been an easier win than what actually was.

It was nice to get a win heading into the weekend as the Mets will be welcoming the Yankees to the "Citi" tomorrow for the start of a weekend series.  Tomorrow at 7:10 the Mets throw out Takahashi against the disappointing Javier Vasquez for the Yankees.  Saturday will be another night game, this time it will be Hughes against Pelfrey.  And Sunday night will be a battle of the aces to close the series, Santana vs. Sabathia.  I hope there's some good baseball being played this weekend...

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