12 July 2007
Reds 2, Mets 3
The Mets kicked off the second half of the season and I resumed following the team closely. I actually didn’t follow all that closely though, I had annoying buffering problems with MLB.TV and finally gave up and switched to the streaming radio broadcast. Then I ate dinner and didn’t hear part of the game. Anyhow, the Mets won in the way they’ve won most of the season — with minimal offense and decent pitching. Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay lead off the game with back-to-back home runs, a first in Mets history. Orlando Hernandez gave those two runs back to the Reds and then settled in a pitching duel with Bronson “L’il Punk” Arroyo. This game was the only National League game of the night as the rest of the league extended their All-Star Break to four days. Not much can be said of what tone this sets for the second half. On the plus side the Mets won, but on the down side they didn’t seem to show that their lack of consistency at the plate was behind them.
Players of the game (I award up to ten points, maximum of 6 points to one player, distributed among the Mets players who had the biggest impact in the game):
13 July 2007
Reds 8, Mets 4
Remember the Maine? The NL Pitcher of the Month for April who led the league in ERA? I miss that guy. But everyone has an off day once in a while. As these things happen, the struggling offense was pretty good for once. Lastings Milledge hit his first home run of the season. But none of this was enough to offset the deficit of John Maine’s poor pitching (not to mention Ruben Gotay’s two errors). Next game out I expect Maine will be in top form again.
14 July 2007
Reds 1, Mets 2
Good the Mets won. But it doesn’t make me feel good entirely. There was a lot of booing tonight with good reason. Tom Glavine pitched in the way that illustrates why the Mets keep him around. Other than that there were way too many weak ground outs. Both authors at Faith and Fear and Flushing offer commentary on why there’s little euphoria regarding among the fans of this first place time: too many times on the wrong side of blowouts and anemic offense.
15 July 2007
Reds 2, Mets 5
3 out 4 versus the crummy Reds is good. Let’s hope this translates into wins against better teams as well.