Can I just get something thats on my mind out of the way? I think Jim Thome and his bat pointing is the dumbest thing I've seen in a long time, no, wait, correction-Ichiro of the Mariners does it also. Equally as dumb- just get in the box and hit and keep the stupidity to a minimum. You look especially silly when you are only hitting .219 and you do things like that. I know he believes it helps him but believe me it doesn't.
OK- Victor Zambrano skated in and out of trouble tonight and it's amazing that he only gave up one run. He pitched into the 5th inning, but he hit Jason Michaels twice, and walked a few. David Bell drove home Thome who walked in the 4th inning.
The Mets always seem to explode with offense when they see the Phillies. I don't know what it is, but when they face Philadelphia they find a way to hit. Jose Reyes walked in the bottom of the 4th inning, which really rattled Phillies starter Robinson Tejada. Although he held the Mets in check during their first meeting last week, the mets figured him out. Reyes walked and drove Tejada absolutely berserk throwing off his rhythm. He told almost 5 minutes to throw to the plate. Mike Cameron took advantage of Tejada's lack of concentration and stroked a double scoring Reyes. Cameron went 2 for 4 tonight, Beltran had a few hits tonight too- a timely one in fact driving a run in. He also had a triple which was actually a misplayed ball by Abreu. Mike Piazza drove in a run with a single and had a home run as well.
I was a little concerned with Randolph's decision to pull Zambrano by the end of the 5th inning-opting for the most recent fossil - Jose Offerman to pinch hit-who happened to deliver, much to my surprise.
Heath Bell pitched the 6th and looked good, what I didn't get was pulling him after he got one out in the 7th in favor of Royce Ring-in a 6-1 game why waste another reliever who is your only decent lefty in the pen? Ran-doof takes that lefty vs righty nonsense a little too seriously. However Ring did his job with no damage.
I can't say the same for Danny Graves who gave up home runs to Jason Michaels and David Bell after he came on in the 8th & 9th innings. What happened to him? He used to be good, and if he can recapture his form from a few seasons ago, he'll be an asset. right now I trust him less than I trust Loop-hole.
This was great to see- I also love when Keith Hernandez calls games because he says things I have been saying all along. He was talking about Reyes' swing from the left side-talking about that upper cut and how he is a much better hitter from the right side. Jose-either straighten out that upper cut or give up the lefty stuff. He is a much more proficient right handed hitter. Keith & I are in agreement here.
Well it looks like I'm a third of the way to owing my pal Fred some candy again. I could literally hear him screaming when Mike Lieberthal popped out with RISP-he always complains about him and I had to laugh, but then Piazza did the same thing before his RBIs tonight too, and the laugh was cut very short.
Tomorrow Kaz YEEEESHI faces former Met Cory Lidle-this one can go either way. Either YEEESHI will be brilliant or he'll stink on ice-when he pitches it's always a crap shoot-and I do mean CRAP most of the time.