Live Blogging: Diamondbacks vs. Mets 5/30/06 – Milledge Debut

Thanks to For Love of the Astros for the live blogging idea.  Check out their live blog for tonight’s Astros game.

Top 5

Diamondbacks 7, Mets 1

  • Eric Byrnes = Mets Menace
  • Soler is just getting crushed.  Two home runs this inning, and suddenly Arizona has busted this game wide-open.
  • Milledge looks all right up there.  Just watching him at the plate, he doesn’t seem like a guy who can generate as much power as his numbers scouting say he does.  Guess you can’t judge a guy on his batting stance.  As Keith Hernandez noted, he seems to have very quick hands.  Lastings is 0 for 2 so far, with a screaming line-out to short and a ground out to third.

Middle 7

Diamondbacks 7, Mets 1

  • Not much more to report here.  Soler has left, and Darren Oliver is in.  Oliver is pitching well, continuing a trend of solid performances.
  • Millidge led off the bottom of the 7th, and just ripped a double to left field.  The first of many to come I hope.  Boy, he’s got a beautiful swing.

Game Preview: Mets vs. Marlins 1:05 PM 5/28/06

New York Mets (29-19) vs. Florida Marlins (15-32)

Time: 1:05 PM

Location: Dolphins Stadium; Miami, Florida

TV: WB-11

Mets’ Starting Pitcher: Orlando Hernandez (2-4 6.11 ERA)

Marlins’ Starting Pitcher: Ricky Nolasco (3-1 2.89 ERA)

The Lineups

New York

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul Lo Duca C
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. Carlos Delgado 1B
5. David Wright 3B
6. Cliff Floyd LF
7. Jose Valentin 2B
8. Endy Chavez RF
9. Orlando Hernandez P


1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Dan Uggla 2B
3. Mike Jacobs 1B
4. Miguel Cabrera 3B
5. Joe Borchard RF
6. Josh Willingham LF
7. Jeremy Hermida CF
8. Miguel Olivo C
9. Ricky Nolasco P

Daily Mets Podcast #2

The Show: Daily Mets Podcast

The Hosts: Stuart Johnson and George Embiricos

The Content:  In this week’s episode, we welcome co-host George Embiricos (Big Red Dog) on board, and take a look back at the Mets solid 4-2 week.  We also discuss the bevy of pitching trades that were made by Omar Minaya, and Kaz Matsui’s incompetence.  Also Stuart reviews Baseball Between The Numbers.

Running Time: 12:50

Download here

Daily Mets Podcast #1

In the inaugural Daily Mets Podcast, we take a look at the first two games of the Yankees series, and how they represented the highest of the highs, and the lowest of the lows in the Mets’ season.  Also we’ll examine the injuries to the Mets’ pitching staff, and what steps the Mets are taking to try to mend the back end of the rotation.

Game Preview: Mets vs. Cardinals 8:10 PM EST 5/16/06

New York Mets (23-14) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (24-14)

Time: 8:10 PM EST

Location: Busch Stadium (Cardinals)


Mets’ Starting Pitcher: Tom Glavine (5-2 2.19 ERA)

Cardinals Starting Pitcher: Jeff Suppan (4-2 4.58 ERA)

The Lineups

New York

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul Lo Duca C
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. Carlos Delgado 1B
5. David Wright 3B
6. Cliff Floyd LF
7. Xavier Nady RF
8. Kaz Matsui 2B
9. Tom Glavine P

St. Louis
1. David Eckstein SS
2. So Taguchi LF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Scott Rolen 3B
5. Juan Encarnacion RF
6. Jim Edmonds CF
7. Gary Bennett C
8. Hector Luna 2B
9. Jeff Suppan P

Final Score: Mets 5, Brewers 6 (10 Innings) – Questions Galore

I’m still surprised it got out – I really am.  But there are so many more things to be surprised about in this game that the fact that Bill Hall’s fly ball off the end of the bat cleared the wall is not particularly high on my list.  Why was Chad Bradford sent out to work a second inning, when Billy Wagner was ready in the bullpen?   Why was Duaner Sanchez running in front of Carlos Delgado when Delgado was trying to field a sacrifice bunt?  What on earth is wrong with Cliff Floyd?  How come Jose Valentin is suddenly becoming a force to be reckoned with?  How many outs can Jose Reyes make?  Why won’t Philly lose?  Has anyone noticed that the Mets only lead the N.L. East by one game?

Questions, questions, questions.  Questions to which I wish I knew the answer.  One could argue that using Bradford was a good decision because Milwaukee was sending three right-handers to the plate to start the 10th inning and that Bradford had set down the two batters he faced in the 9th and had looked impressive in the previous day’s game.  But Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman were both available (granted Heilman threw two innings the night before, but he was throwing in the bullpen), and you can’t tell me that in extra innings against a team who can hit you want to go with your #3 option.

As for the other questions, most of them probably couldn’t be answered by the players themselves, so I’m certainly not going to try to answer them here.  Joe DiGiovanni’s wrap-up of today’s game can be found here.  I am far too disheartened with this afternoon’s loss to give a complete synopsis of the game, but let me tell you that losing this one is tough.  Especially with Philadelphia’s comeback win in Cincinnati shaving the Mets lead in the N.L. East to just a game.  The next six games (starting Tuesday) will be murder.  Three in St. Louis, followed by three at home against the Yankees.  It doesn’t get much bigger, or much tougher than that.  Hopefully, the Mets can use tomorrow’s off day to forget about today and focus on the very difficult task ahead.