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200 Miles From the Citi


July 28, 2010 11:46 PM

6 In The First...And Other Related Stories

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On a usual weekday evening, I'll put one of my daughters to bed in the 7 o'clock hour, and settle in to watch the Mets sometime around 8 o'clock.

A score like 6-0 is not unusual every so often at that time.

Wednesday night was unusual.  I really tuckered the girls out during the day, so I was done with bedtime by 7:30pm.  Bonus baseball time for me...Only to find the score 6-0 Cardinals in the bottom of the 1st inning.

So much for Johan Santana building upon the Mets' win Tuesday night.


Anyway, this is the kind of game that allows my mind to wander and think about different things - so here they are:

-I admit, I didn't really notice David Wright's batting stance when he was going hot.  I guess you wouldn't, because he was just hitting the ball and hitting it hard.  Now that he's struggling, maybe I just notice it more because the production isn't there.  But he does NOT look comfortable at the plate.  And actually, the solution looks quite simple to me (sitting here at my laptop, watching professional baseball on television, mind you...so take it for what it's worth).  Wright looks like he's moving way too much.  He's rocking back and forth, waggling his bat to and fro...I don't remember him doing that before.  He looks like he needs to just relax, stop moving around in the box, and the hits will come.  He did get three straight hits at one point Wednesday night, so maybe it works for him.  Oh well.

-Mike Hessman, dubbed the Mets' Crash Davis because he was the active leader in minor league home runs before his call-up (after Rod Barajas went on the DL), stands at six-foot-five.  But honestly, his bat must be 28 inches.  It looks tiny when he steps to the plate.  You can't really tell in this picture, but I threw it in there anyway.

-Carlos Beltran hit his first homer of the year in the sixth inning, pulling it out to left field from the right side of the plate.  It followed an at-bat where it looked like he got good wood on the ball and turned into a harmless fly ball to left.  I'm taking it as a good sign - especially because from the left side, in the bottom of the ninth, he got another big hit, singling to get the potential winning run to second base with just one out.

-I'm also encouraged that Francisco Rodriguez came into a tie game in the ninth inning, continued into the tenth inning, and did not give up a run.  Usually he does not pitch well in those scenarios.

-Am I surprised Pedro Feliciano is the one who gave up the game-winning run in the 13th inning?  No.  He has not pitched well lately - and I'm not surprised about that either.

-Lots of positives in the Mets' 4-run 8th inning, not the least of which is the game-tying pinch hit single Ike Davis came through with - he was one of the biggest strugglers that whole road trip for the Mets.

-I feel like, starting in the second game of the season, the Mets have played a number of these types of games where they battle back from a deficit only to fall short in the end.

-The Mets really are a different team when they play at Citi Field.  Down 6-0 in the first inning on the road?  Game over.

-It was a big deal before the game that Johan Santana and Jamie Garcia were the pitching matchup in the 20-inning game from April.  After the six-run first, it's funny that this game, too, ended up going extra innings.  Also, the Opening Day memory that I always write about from 1996 was a game in which the Mets overcame a 6-0 deficit to beat the Cardinals, 7-6.  Too bad this comeback turned out to be a loss.

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