Final Score: Mets 2, Braves 3 — Rare Loss by Bullpen

Guest post by George Embiricos

Summary

The Mets lost to the Braves this afternoon by the score of 3-2. A frustrating all-around game for the Orange and Blue, as their starting pitcher, this time Orlando Hernandez, was once again able to produce a quality start, only to see the usually reliable Aaron Heilman blow the lead and watch the team leave RISP countless times.

For a complete recap of the game, see The Mets official website or the Associated Press recap.

Observations

  • Home plate umpire Bob "King of the Balk" Davidson lived up to his reputation, calling one violation on Mets LHP Scott Schoeneweis and one on Braves RHP Kyle Davies.
  • Carlos Delgado continues to struggle offensively, going 0-4 with 3 K’s. He did, however, catch all routine infielders’ and pitchers’ throws…
  • Jose Reyes expanded on his hot start to the season, picking up his 3rd triple of the season while also stealing his 3rd base of the year and continuing to shine defensively. Ron Darling commented during the game that he can see Reyes becoming "the best overall player in the game."
  • Orlando Hernandez pitched brilliantly, allowing no runs after his first pitch of the game, which was a home run allowed to Kelly Johnson. He manuvered his way out of spotted trouble and recorded 6 K’s.
  • David Wright hit the ball hard a few times, expanding on his under-the-radar 18 game hit streak, which dates back to last season.
  • Moises Alou also hit the ball well, continuing his good start to the 2007 campaign. Surprisingly, he stole a base, after swiping only two all of last year. He also continues to play above-average defense in LF, and showed off his range a few times this series. He seems to have swung at every first pitch fastball so far this season.
  • Carlos Beltran has hit consistently so far, despite failing to score Reyes from 3rd with one out in the 1st inning. He also attempted to steal twice, but was deterred by a third-out K by Delgado and worked a hit and run with David Wright to perfection.
  • Jose Valentin has struggled in the past couple games, and continues to look bamboozled while batting right-handed. He bounced out to first, failing to score Reyes from third with no outs in the first.

The Mets will look to rebound from their two-game skid tomorrow in their Home Opener against the 1-5 "team to beat" Phillies. John Maine gets the ball for the Mets, opposing southpaw Cole Hamels. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

— George Embiricos

Quick Side Note

  • Steve Trachsel must be the only pitcher in the MLB who can produce his usual mediocre ERA after just one start to the season. Trachsel holds a 4.05 ERA after his opening start against the Yankees.

Cliff’s Line

  • Floyd had a terrific game on 4/6/07, smoking two doubles and picking up his first two RBI’s as a member of the Cubs. He pinch hit today and walked in his only at bat. Well done, Cliff. All the best.
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2 comments

  1. unclediesel69@aol.com

    GET DAVID WRIGHT RIGHT

    It’s amazing to me that know one has noticed that since the all star home run contest, David Wright has completely changed his pre pitch routine and his approach to hitting especially in regards to the torque in his lower body. David had the same pre pitch routine pitch after pitch and at bat after at bat before the all star break, he also used to turn his rear almost completely to the pitcher to start his swing. I believe this is what made him such a great opposite field hitter. Now he seems to just use upper body strength, trying to muscle the ball. The results so far are obvious.

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