News & Roundup 4/26/06

Blogger’s Note: I saw all of last night’s win over San Francisco, but was only half awake for most of the game.  I will also miss most of this afternoon’s game against the Giants.  But I’ll be back full-time for the Atlanta series this weekend.  I will post this morning’s roundup and maybe I’ll have time tonight for a recap of this afternoon’s game.

  • The Mets won 4-1 last night, behind two late-inning home runs.  Xavier Nady continued his hot start last night with his 6th dinger, a solo shot in the 7th inning to break a 1-1 tie.  Cliff Floyd followed that up with a two-run bomb into McCovey Cove to put the Mets up 4-1.  Steve Trachsel pitched very well through 6 innings, with a solo homer by Barry Bonds accounting for the only San Francisco run.  Here is Marty Noble’s recap.
  • We are still awaiting the Mets’ decision on Friday as to whether or not Carlos Beltran will be put on the DL.  Jeremy Heit makes the case over at Mets Geek that Lastings Milledge deserves to be called up from AAA if Beltran lands on the disabled list.  Speaking of talented Mets’ prospects, Mike Pelfrey got promoted to AA yesterday.
  • Gary Gillette has a good post over at ESPN Insider (subscription required) about the challenges the Atlanta Braves face this year if they hope to win the division once again. 

So, unless Atlanta makes some unexpected trades, the success or failure of these sophomores probably will determine whether the Braves can hold off the hard-charging Mets in 2006. When you field a lineup with career minor leaguer Matt Diaz batting third against lefty Chris Capuano, as Atlanta did Monday in Milwaukee, someone has to step up to the plate if the Braves want to continue their remarkable streak.

Mets play today at 3:30 in the rubber game of the San Francisco series.

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