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John Thomson, for the third time this season, was outstanding. Actually, he outdid himself. Six innings, six strikeouts, no walks, only one hit, and no runs. Bobby still has him on a short leash and made the move when Thomson (1.23 ERA now) had only thrown 74 pitches. The Braves led 3-0 at the time.
But he brought in Ken Ray, who had also been outstanding. But Ray didn’t keep it up. A homer and two doubles later, Villareal was in to clean up the mess. He did what he could, but the tying run scored. Then in the eighth, with Remlinger in, Langerhans misplayed a single into a triple, and the winning run scored on a single. Cormier pitched a terrific ninth, but it was too late.
Actually, the Braves should have won the game off of Hoffman, who didn’t fool anyone but Jeff Francoeur, who struck out to end the game. Giles hit a rocket to third, which Geoff Blum knocked down, then Adrian Gonzalez knocked down a sure Langerhans double and turned it into a bang-bang out. It was really painful when Andruw and Jordan followed with back-to-back singles; the Braves would have won if the Padres hadn’t made two outstanding plays.
Andruw hit a homer to give the Braves the lead in the second, and Thomson doubled in a run later in the inning. Francoeur singled in a run in the third. Andruw had two hits and two walks, nobody else had a really noteworthy game. Orr played third and led off, which might have given Bobby pleasant memories of Damaso Garcia but for the rest of us reminded us that while Orr has his virtues he’s a lousy leadoff hitter and he went 0-5.
In the annals of pitching mismatches, few have ever been so great as Jorge Sosa versus Pedro Martinez in Shea Stadium. I am not optimistic.
Gret ready for NYMETS to get on here. We need his e-mail incase we win
Nice work by the bullpen.
Jorge Sosa vs. Pedro Martinez could well be the Reverse Lock of the Day. Hence, the baseball gods might see fit to reward us with something crazy, like a pitcher’s duel we win 4-1.
I realize that back here on Earth nothing like that will happen. But it’s worth a dream.
Well, I don’t think Thomson is going to be traded for a setup guy any time soon. So that’s good.
Let’s just hope that Jorge Julio gets into the game.
It’s kind of funny–in the odd sense–that all of professional sports seeps with the irony of the “trades you don’t make.”
I don’t know how serious the John Thomson for Craig Wilson barter banter was, but isn’t it ironic that within two weeks of the discussed deal, Ramirez goes down for the Braves and Sean Casey goes down for the Pirates.
WPA Graph of the game:
It’s a cliche, but instead of a pitching mismatch, tomorrow’s game may instead be an opportunity.
I’m not giving the game away. We’ve hit Pedro before & guarantee you that it’ll be a charged atmosphere. It’ll be fun. I’m curious to see how they respond. Sosa, of course, is rather due for a good outing. No better time than tomorrow.
I’m definitely going to the game Tuesday & tomorrow night is a possibility. Depends on how my day goes–my office is only 15 mins from Shea. Gotta represent.
I am back in DC and just want to say I hope we waltz into Shea, with everyone thinking the Mets are unbeatable and the Braves are wounded, and sweep their arrogant asses on their field.
If there is justice from the Baseball Gods, this will happen.
But I would at least take 2 out of 3–that would feel good too.
Let’s win the series, just like we won the last one. That’s how you end up with a good season, one good series at a time.
And let’s see if we can get Edgar back on the field, and keep Tony Pena and Pete Orr where they belong, safely on the bench.
Yup, I too am excited about your braves coming to shea. We will win. And further distance our self’s from you and everyone in our division. No need to find out my e-mail address, as I have said before I will come here and take the heat if we lose. But may god help you all if we win. You know Ill be up in here to rub it right in all your faces, and I wont stop. As this is what we have all been waiting for. BRAGGING RIGHTS !!!!
Best line of the day:
Skip: “You know, Pete Orr has turned himself into a decent ballplayer. He plays second well, third well, doesn’t embarrass you when he plays shortstop. He’s our third catcher, and is decent with the bat”
Joe: “He also got married in the offseason”
Joe: “Married a nice young lady named Either”
Skip: “Either Orr. Cute.”
I’m not a big tinkerer, but given the injuries & the odd roster right now, I’ll chime in: I’d put Giles back at leadoff & have Betemit bat second. I’d drop Orr to 7th or 8th next to McCann.
I know Bobby seems to hate stacking consecutive lefties in the order (and I assume that’s why Orr lead off & didn’t bat second today, in front of Langer), but giving Betemit (a switcher) that extra AB instead of Orr seems like a wiser move.
If you’re gonna have a hacker out there like Orr, it’s best he’s not at the top of the order. Orr just doesn’t take pitches.
If we bunch Orr & McCann together at the bottom of the order and later in the game we face a LOOGY, we’ll deal with it. (That’s the potential situation, I assume, that Bobby hates to see.) I just sure wish we’d had Giles or Betamit in Orr’s late-inning situation today.
FYI-According to AJC’s Tim Tucker, the Braves’ new owner(s) will be announced by mid-season.
WHat i love about nymets is the fact that his basball enjoyment seems to completely resvovle around how they are doing in relation to us. Too bad for the recent, forver, they have just done absolutely terrible. To think he’s getting such joy out of 2 weeks of the season just lets me know how miserable the last decade plus has been for him.
As for the game. The langerhans miscue set it up and though I thought jordan sealed it, it of course was automatic out francoeur who happens to be the only guy who can get 0 – 2 off a guy whose only strikes had been hard hit balls into the field of play. Thmoson looked great, Sosa & Davies need too look just as good.
How about a cement mixer:
2 oz shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 oz shot of lime juice
Keep the two separate. Do the shooter of Bailey’s holding it in your mouth, then do the shooter of lime juice and swish. The acid in the lime juice will cause the milk fats in the Baileys to curdle … then swallow.
Now imagine a Li’l Met in a cement mixer.
When is Kelly coming back? We could certainly use him on the bench, or at an infield position especally right now.
Kelly isn’t even throwing the ball right now. So it’ll be awhile. He goes out into the field during batting practice sometimes, but everytime he gets the ball he has to hand it off to langerhans or someone to throw it in for him.
attendance is pretty poor right now. just 24,000 and some change for easter sunday. happy easter everyone.
Hell, if Kelly can swing the bat he has more utility than L’il Tony does. Just use him as a pinch-hitter, and ONLY a pitch-hitter.
Lerew’s Richmond line today: 1K, 2BB, 1HR, 6H, 7ER, 3.33IP…yuck.
I would guess attendance to be low on easter sunday not high. So 24k sounds about right. Attendance seems to be fine so far this year. We’re 8th in average attendance so far, and that number should only go up with the mets in town next homestand.
My question is how does the rotation look when we get back. There are 2 off days where we could juggle the rotation. Seems smoltz would likely get some sort of time off, if he really is trying to take it easy early (considering he’s coming off a complete game w/ 104 pitches)
One last post. When i say kelly isn’t throwing the ball, i mean in batting practice when he’s standing a good 45 feet from the bat boy collecting the balls in the outfield. I highly doubt he can swing the bat. Actually I’m sur ehe can’t. ThougH I guess that was really just a dig at pena.
yeah, i feel kinda stupid for asking, but what is LOOGY?
I wouldn’t get all ahead of your self by saying I have been miserable for over 10 years. We did go to the world series in 2001. And your right, I do find joy in watching the braves lose. Almost the same as when the mets win. Like I said I can’t wait until the braves come here. I can’t WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! I got my broom in hand !
thanks for that. wasnt really sure.
For Christ’s sake, it’s April. Should the Mets start selling postseason tickets now? Sheesh.
We did go to the world series in 2001.
Okay, this guy’s gotta be a fake. Considering the 2000 pennant is the only good thing to happen to the Mets since 1986, you’d think he’d at least get the year right.
When I see Julio in a Met uniform, I am going to puke.