The only thing missing at $iti Field last night was heat and humidity as last nightâ€™s game had that classic middle of the summer feel to it. Â
The Mets showed the fight that we have been clamoring for out this group and the leader of the pack is the Ace Johan Santana. Itâ€™s tough for a pitcher to be the team leader but there is no question that Santana is the emotional leader of this team and I believe that his fiery way is rubbing off on Carlos Beltran as well as weâ€™ve seen Beltran be much more vocal than ever in his Mets career.
I agreed with Ron Darling who during last night telecast made mention of J-Man taking Johan out of the game that Santana has to be careful not to show up J-Man when Manuel came to the mound. But as a Mets fan who has been screaming for someone to show a pulse and have some pluck, watching Santana fight to stay in the game was outstanding.
Santana had a weird pitching performance. He was throwing strikes all night but his pitch selection when he was ahead in the count was a bit dicey. In the 4th after the Mets added to their lead to 3-0, Santana got two quick outs and looked to do what you have to when your teams scores and thatâ€™s shut down the opposition in their next at bat. He got ahead of Ryan Howard 0-1 but then hung the next pitch (I think it was a change up) belt high middle of the plate and Howard teed off on it. Maybe going outside with a waste pitch would have been better something down and away Â that Howard may chase but at least it was a solo shot. Â Same with Ibanez up next. Â Santana got ahead 0-2 before giving up a HR on a breaking ball that hung up over the middle. Strange pitch selection.
Lance Barksdale blew the call at the plate against Fernando Tatis in the 6th as Tatis was safe at the plate by not only sliding under the glove of Carlos Ruiz but Ruiz never had possession of the ball. But Tatis never argued the call and J-Man said he didnâ€™t come out because he canâ€™t see it from his spot in the dugout and Tatis didnâ€™t fight it either. But SNY showed D-Wright (must have seen the reply) telling Manuel that Tatis was safe.Â J-Man should have gone out between innings to let Barksdale know that when the highlights are shown that night that he will be embarrassed.
Faith and Fear in Flushing is hosting a METSTOCK night at Two Boots restaurant in Manhattan next Thursday night. The evening in which the Mets will be playing the Orioles will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 World Championship and the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. Â Click here for all the details and a list of writers who will be on hand.
The Mets Police has more ideas for a better Mets alternate uni. Â I would love to see something where they keep the snow whites and instead of METS across the front have an orange NY on the left side and no name on the back. I do like the hat that the Mets po-po suggests but the suggestion of putting QUEENS on the roadie uhhhhhhhhhhh NO WAY! .
Alex Nelson at Mets Geek has an outstanding Â in depth scouting report on LHP Steve Matz and SS Robbie Shields.Â In the comments section of this post is story that Matz is looking for a $1mil signing bonus or he will go to college instead. If the Mets believe this kid is worth keeping then Iâ€™d say give him the mil and get him in the system. The Skill Sets make more than that on the nickel deposits from the beer bottles at $iti Field.
It seems that Larry Jones regrets he was never a Met. The guy has an unhealthy envy problem with the Mets and NYC.
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