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Monday, April 13, 2009

Welcome to Citi Field

And the day has finally come. Mike Pelfrey will throw the first meaningful pitch ever tonight at 7:10 pm (most likely later than that, you get what I mean) in what is sure to be a fantastic night at the Mets new digs. While yesterday's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Cy Young, er uh Josh Johnson makes today seem bittersweet, I really think it's time the Mets show what they are made of. If they really want to put down the horrors of the past two years, something like a 5-1 homestand should do the trick. They have lost 3 of their past 4 after taking the first two from the Reds, and they seem to still have problems with getting that big hit, or putting the other team away when ahead.

Instead of dwelling on the inconsistencies of this past week, I'm really looking forward to this week. I'm going to the game Friday night with my brother, treating me to a nice birthday weekend for the first weekend series at Citi Field. I tell ya, StubHub is the greatest. I'm sitting in Section 125 nine rows from the field (3rd base side). We paid almost half the price of the actual price of the seats. Back to tonight, I can't wait until I hear Howie Rose's voice welcoming the sellout crowd to Citi Field. While this will be a crazy game even before it starts, I think it's very important for the Mets. After Johnson mowed them down yesterday, they should be very aggressive against the Padres starter Walter Silva (who?). A win tonight would really up the team's morale and whatnot, getting out to a nice start at their new stomping grounds. Hopefully there are no tough fly balls hit to Daniel Murphy...

So as a new chapter is written in Mets history, the Mets have a lot to look forward to. But with high expectations for the 2009 after a totally rebuilt bullpen, a questionable starting rotation beyond Johan Santana and almost the same offense as last year, except a year older, and the NL East (save for the Nationals) looks better than expected, the Mets look like they're in for a tough ride this year. I happened to turn on the Cubs pre-game show before and the announcers were talking about preseason predictions about who would make the playoffs. One of the announcers was talking about how the baseball season is one long struggle. I mean any team can have high expectations and just totally suck (see: 2008 Detroit Tigers), but the Mets are better than that. Hopefully the veterans can step up and help the youngsters and the unproven to really get through the season.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Optimism at its Best?

When Sean Green entered in the bottom of the 6th inning from the bullpen with a runner on second, I thought of the worst possible thing that could've happened. Another blown win for our ace, Johan Santana. Edwin Encarnacion sent a screaming liner to the worst defender on the field, Daniel Murphy. He looked like Carlos Beltran on that play. Murphy snared the liner and Santana went on to win the ballgame. Green went 1 1/3 perfect innings while J.J. Putz walked a hitter in his inning of work. Let me tell you, when Putz was in there, I was scared. I guess that's what two years of horrific relief pitching does to you. Francisco Rodriguez (I don't like calling him K-Rod or Frankie, but I'll only use K-Rod on this blog) notched down his first save in a Mets uniform by pitching a dominant 9th inning. While stats show the Mets bullpen did a fine job, it seemed the Reds relievers did an even better job. It seemed like they set down the Mets hitters with ease, while the Reds took every pitch possible. Now I may seem like I'm complaining, but I guess thats how a Mets fan feels. My brother shared this same opinion with me.

While I missed the top half of the first inning (I was updating most of it on my phone), I caught some of the bottom half of the inning in my car. Wright struck out with a runner on 3rd with less than two out, and that's a spot where he needs to cash in. In my opinion, save his great play at third, Wright played like ceap yesterday. On the other hand, in the bottom of the 1st, Santana was struggling to find the zone. While he struck out the first two men, Jerry Hairston Jr. and some guy Darnell McDonald, he threw more than 30 pitches. After that, he settled in until his pitch count rose to the upper 90's and Manuel decided to relieve him with Sean Green. I think it was more of the fact that Edwin Encarnacion has had Santana's number. In five at-bats, Encarnacion had 4 hits, 2 being home runs, for an average of .800.

Green got out Encarnacion, albeit on a very scary line drive, and pitched a perfect seventh. Putz seemingly had trouble with his splitter in the 8th, but his fastball was pretty much unhittable. K-Rod shut the door perfectly in the 9th, squashing any Braden Looper comebacks for the Reds. Thank god Adam Dunn and Joe Randa are no longer members of this team...

As for the offense, 1 for 12 with RISP is inexcusable. Aaron Harang was all over the place, and I think the only thing that helped him only give up 1 run was the crappy weather. However, Daniel Murphy's epic at-bat in the fifth against Harang really put this kid as a force to be reckoned with, even though all Mets fans know it already. After falling behind 0-2, he worked it back to 3-2 fouling off pitches left and right. When Harang attempted to jam Murphy with a fastball, it came back over the plate and Murphy smashed it into the right-center field stands. He drove in the second run in the sixth with an RBI groundout.

I wanna talk about Wright for a minute. He had a 2-0 count yesterday and got a great pitch to hit. He fouled it off with the ball barely reaching the stands, just beyond the reach of Joey Votto. It seems he jams himself when he gets a good pitch to hit, and it looks like he steps in the bucket. I know this because when I played when I was younger my coach always told me to keep my foot out of the proverbial bucket. And I did. But to me, it seems Wright started this last year. I know he hit 33 homers and drove in 124, but it's something I've noticed.

W- Johan Santana (1-0) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1.59 ERA

L- Aaron Harang (0-1) 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1.80 ERA

S- Francisco Rodriguez (1) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER , 0 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ollie and his Woes Continue

New year, same old Ollie. Yesterday in a Spring Training start in Port St. Lucie against the Detroit Tigers, Oliver Perez was shelled for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He put 11 men on base for a WHIP of almost 3. Sure it's just Spring Training, but this brings up a red flag. He walked 6 and gave up 5 hits, and gave up a homer to our old friend from the Phillies, Placido Polanco, known more for his spectacular defense rather than hitting bombs off of a pitcher who wanted a $15 mil/year salary in the off-season.

Dan Warthen, the pitching coach who turned around Perez's season last year was extremely worried about this start.

"I think he's out of shape, the arm is out of shape," Warthen said. "It's a combination. Since he's come back we really haven't seen the life out of the hand, the ball is just not jumping out right now ... I think he's gained a little weight and needs to start pushing himself a little more."

When I checked my phone for the score of the game yesterday I was shocked to see how much Perez struggled in this one. He pitched fine last Friday against the Orioles, a lineup that contained most, if not all, of the Orioles starters, not including highly touted C Matt Wieters, who relieved starting C Gregg Zaun. Looking back at Ollie's stats, however, I noticed he didn't strike anyone out in his three innings of work. He walked two, but didnt give up any runs and only one hit. I didn't catch any of Perez's outing yesterday, but it seems his velocity and command, which fluctuates more than the Dow Jones on any given day during his entire career were terrible. Anytime a pitcher walks six men in not even four innings of work should be seen as horrible, but in Ollie's case, we all know he is prone to throw five perfect innings and then in the sixth just totally crumble.

As Omar Minaya and The Wilpons welcomed Perez back with a 3 year/$36 million deal this winter, I'm sure they, as well as us, expected this inconsistency to be a thing of the past, or to a smaller extent, not as glaring as it used to be. With John Maine pitching today, it is yet to be seen if Warthen's work with him will be a success. But it looks like Dan has his hands full with Ollie again, just like Jacket er, um Rick Peterson had with Perez ever since he joined them on July 31, 2006. Perez has, for the most part, pitched well in big games (see: Game 7, 2006 NLCS; Game 162, September 28, 2008), but his continued ability to crumble after domination is something of an anomaly, or as I like to call him, an enigma.

I caught the end of yesterday's 10-6 loss to the Tigers and seen Brian Stokes pitch two fabulous innings. In that time, he allowed no baserunners and struck out two men. At this point, Stokes' power arm is sure to make the final cut but it has yet to be seen if young Bobby Parnell would make it. He's only 24 and throws in the mid-90's as well. If the Mets break camp with both hard throwing righties, the Mets could have one of the nastiest bullpens in the league. Putz, Parnell and Stokes can really heat it up with 95+ mph and O'Day and Green can get the best right-handed hitters out with Feliciano returning to hopefully his 2006 form and retiring the likes of Howard, Utley, etc.

I look to begin writing Mets Beast more often. I am currently a freshman in college and maybe this will help me get away from the constant work I have to deal with. 2009 looks like a real promising year for the Mets, and I hope I can finish off my Spring semester the way the Mets should finish the 2009 season.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Gone With The Wind

That's where the Mets offense has gone. If it wasn't for Jose Reyes on Tuesday, we'd be shut out this series, a total of 27-0. The Mets were previously shut out only 3 times this season cominginto this series. Tack it up to 5 now that our offense has taken a vacation. I'd never thought I'd see it, but it is safe to say that Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, and David Wright, the 3-4-5 hitters, have all hit a prolonged slump that they can't seem to find their way out of. Carlos Delgado actually showed some signs of life tonight, but it was rapidly put to death. In the top of the 2nd, he ripped a single to right field where Shane Victorino gave Carlos Delgado a Hawaiian Punch in his gut. Delgado got thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double, a ball even Mike Piazza, Jason Phillips, or even Bengie Molina for embarrassment could've had a double on. Well from then on, there wasn't much to be wetting your panties or writing home about. Jon Lieber went the distance, striking out 4, walking none, with the Mets working one 3-ball count all day. This was against a pitcher who now has a 5.10 ERA. How much worse can this shit get? All this worse.

On the bright side, Tom Glavine seems to have found his groove once again, throwing seven strong innings in which saved the bullpen for some upcoming games. Glavine threw over 100 pitches for his second straight game, throwing 114 with 69 going as strikes. Glavine has pitched extremely well in his past 2 starts, pitching a total of 13 innings, 13 hits, 5 earned, 3 walks, and 10 k's. Unfortunately for Glavine, he has lost these two games, thanks to the Mets now-anemic offense only scratching across a Paul Lo Duca homerun back in the first inning in last Friday's game. Paul Lo Duca. Paul almost hit another homer for Glavine tonight in the ninth inning, missing about 10 feet left of the pole in left. He quickly flew out for the first out. I'm not a big fan of Glavine, but I feel bad for the guy. He pitches shitty, they score a zillion runs (against Braves, Cubs), but when he pitches great like tonight and Friday, they can't even get a hit for shit. (Interesting tidbit- Time of Game- 2:03.)(Another interesting tidbit- Glavine's previous 2 outings- 25 groundouts-4 flyouts. Tonight- 8 groundouts-10 flyouts.)

The Mets put Pedro on the DL, and I seen it coming from the beginning. They called up, yes you guessed it, for two days. I'm not even going to say it. You guys know better. Possible call-ups for Saturday night's spot start- Dave Williams (played horrible for Reds to begin this year, will be another Geremi Gonzalez or Jose Lima; perform well in Minors, shit in MLB), and Oliver Perez (Pittsburgh throw-in in the shitty trade we made with the Pirates. I wish we could have Nady back; our corner outfielders really suck, see Milledge. A lefty stud who used to throw in the mid- to upper-90's, now throws in the mid- to upper-80's. Pirates tried to make him into Tom Glavine; Mets will possibly try to see how he can fit in with all the other mid- to upper-80's starters we have, exception Mike Pelfrey (Minor League DL; since when do they have a DL?!?) No wonder why Pirates suck every year, trying to make a fantastic pitcher with also a great slider into Tom Glavine. Way to go Pirates. If Perez can revert to his former talent, this is a great trade, unless Xavier Nady wins the Triple Crown or MVP.)

W- Jon Lieber (5-9) 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.10 ERA.

L- Tom Glavine (13-6) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.92 ERA.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Fifth Sense = #1

The Mets have won five in a row, and they look great. Sporting the best record in the MLB right now, I think it is extremely important for the Mets to get off to a torrid start. At 6-1, Pedro threw a great game to win for the second time this season. Pedro went seven strong, giving up only a solo home run to Jose Vidro. Everyone was expecting there would be a brawl in this game, or somewhere in that category. In Guillen's first at-bat, Pedro threw everything outside, but Guillen hit a monster shot to center, one which Beltran made a catch on. Pedro has started out 2-0, and he looks great. In the sixth inning, Pedro was muscling the fastball up to 91 MPH, his fastest on the year. If Pedro blows guys away with 85 MPH fastballs, and 91 MPH fastballs, imagine what he could do if he could rear back once in a while and blow someone away with a 95-96 MPH fastball. Those days are long over, but Pedro's fastball has nasty movement on it, making it seem that an 85 MPH fastball is coming in the low-mid 90's. Last year, Pedro posted a 15-8 record with a 2.82 ERA. This year, if Pedro pitches how he did yesterday, I think he will do better than last year, considering last year his toe was bothering him towards the end of the season. Now, with a specially designed Nike cleat on his right foot, he can still be one of the best in the NL and the MLB.

Throughout the first three innings, Pedro and Armas Jr. were locked in a pitchers duel. In the fourth, David Wright tripled on a huge fly ball to center field over Brandon Watson's head. Cliff Floyd would follow with an infield single, one on which Jose Vidro couldn't field cleanly, and was ruled a hit for Cornelius. In the bottom of the inning, Vidro would get the first hit and run for the Nats with a homer to right field. Jose Guillen hit a sharp grounder right back where it came from, but Pedro got him at first. In the top of the fifth, Carlos Beltran hit a two-out single to center. Carlos Delgado followed with a scorching double down the right field line to score Carlos Beltran all the way from first base. In the bottom of the sixth, things got a little scary for the Mets. Brian Schneider led off with a single to right. Pedro walked pinch hitter Marlon Anderson to put runners on first and second with none out. Brandon Watson, quite possibly a worse hitter than Anderson Hernandez from what I've seen, got a bunt single which Pedro didn't know which base to throw to. With bases loaded and none out, Jose Vidro stepped to the plate. This is when Pedro muscled up for some extra velocity. Jose Vidro struck out on a 91 MPH fastball, and it was one out. Jose Guillen, the one who hates Pedro Martinez, came to the plate. On a 2-1 count, Guillen grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, one in which Anderson Hernandez was the most vital part of. A-Hern stayed in there, taking to the air as Brandon Watson came in for the break-up slide. It was 2-1, and the Nationals would never score again. In the top of the seventh, Jose Reyes led off with a double off of Nationals suspended reliever Felix Rodriguez, who is appealing his 3 game suspension. Lo Duca followed with a sac bunt, a day where Paul Lo Duca turned 34-years old. Carlos Beltran came back with a sac fly, scoring Jose Reyes. It was 3-1 at that point, and would be all for the scoring. In the ninth, Billy Wagner hit 99 MPH on the gun with a high fastball, a pitch Alfonso Soriano whiffed on. Wagner gave up a hit to Jose Guillen, but that was all. Wagner picked up his second save of the year.

With Pedro Martinez mostly back to full health, as I believe he is, he can be one of the best pitchers in the National League, along with Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt. Once again this year, when Pedro is on the mound, the Mets must expect to win the game, and there will be a special feeling at Shea Stadium, and everyone will know it. Pedro is still the best starter on the Mets roster, and I think the whole major leagues will know it.

W- Pedro Martinez (2-0) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.46 ERA.

L- Tony Armas Jr. (0-2) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.27 ERA.

S- Billy Wagner (2) 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.80 ERA.

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Wright Stuff... Again

David Wright, the cornerstone player of the New York Mets franchise once again proved to be the juggernaut against the dwindling Florida Marlins franchise. As the Mets edged the Fish 3-2, David had all 3 RBIs and Tommy Glavine pitched a great game against a bunch of below-average players. David Wright is quite possibly the best hitter on the roster, and, if not, second only to veteran slugger Carlos Delgado. Not only is Wright batting .474/.478/.895, but he has a K/BB ratio of 0/2. I know it's only the fifth game of the year, but Wright already has 9 RBIs, 2 HRs and 9 hits in 19 at-bats. A very small sample, but David should keep producing like this all year. He's obviously not going to hit .474/.478/.895 all year, as it is virtually impossible. but .315/.405/.540 shouldn't be out of the question. Wright hit .306/.388/.523 last year, and that's pretty good for a 2nd year player. The Mets haven't had a player of David's caliber out of the system since Darryl Strawberry, and we all know the problems Strawberry encountered down the road. Wright will definitely not encounter these blemishes on his career, and he should blossom into the best third basemen the Mets have ever had, and will be a great hitter for at least the next 15 years. I have no doubt that he can be the first Met ever to win the MVP, as he should get some serious consideration this year.

On Sunday's 3-2 win over the Marlins, hits were hard to come off of the always unhittable Dontrelle Willis when he faces the Mets. 8-1 career against the Mets, I figured when the Fish scored two off Glavine, the final was going to be 2-0 Marlins. Throughout the first five innings, nothing interesting happened. In the sixth, Hanley Ramirez doubled to left to lead off the inning. Jeremy Hermida, the next hitter, dropped down a sac bunt, bringing Ramirez to third. What figures to be a huge trend this year, Tom Glavine walked Miguel Cabrera intentionally, putting runners at the corners with one out. This would prove to be a decision which worked against the Mets, but I'd rather face Josh Willingham any day of the year rather than Miguel Cabrera. Willingham took a high Glavine change-up and hit a long fly ball to right center which would score Ramirez from third easily, and Miguel Cabrera from first with some slow running. Cabrera, the 22-year old third baseman is pretty slow, but nonetheless, got home safely. At that point, the Marlins led 2-0, but unfortunately for them, that's all they would score. Mike Jacobs would follow with a strikeout. Dan Ugly... umm... Uggla would be hit by Glavine's 1-2 offering, not even making an attempt to get out of the way. Olivo would fly out to center, and the Marlins were done. In the bottom of the seventh, Paul Lo Duca worked a 3-2 count and singled against Willis. Carlos Beltran would follow that with another single to left. On a ground ball which should have been a double play, Dan Uggla couldn't come up with it cleanly. Carlos Delgado hit it to second, and Uggla bobbled it, looked to second, but got Delgado at first. With second and third and one out, David Wright stepped up to the plate. On a 1-2 offering by Willis, Wright smacked one to right, one which Hermida tried to make a sliding catch on, but missed, and the ball would travel all the way to the wall, with Wright cruising into third with a two-run triple. 2-2, tying it
off of Willis. In the top of the ninth, the Mets gave us some heartburn. Enter Sandman, came in a tied ballgame. Wagner got the first two outs, Miguel Olivo and Reggie Abercrombie. Chris Aguila would bat for Willis, and work a walk against Mr. Wagner. Aguila would then steal second with Hanley Ramirez at the plate. Ramirez would hit a grounder to Reyes, and Jose would commit his second error of the contest, this one a throwing error, throwing to far up the line. Runners on the corners with two out, Jeremy Hermida had a chance to redeem himself after his bonehead play in right field. Hermida hit a grounder to Anderson Hernandez, which Hernandez would knock down after not coming up with it cleanly. Hermida would dive head first into first base but to no extent, was still thrown out, as the score remained tied at 2. In the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Beltran led off with a walk, and Delgado followed with a single of his own. With runners on the corners and no out, David Wright stepped to the plate again. On the first pitch he seen from Marlins pitcher Carlos Martinez, who I doubt anyone has ever heard of, gave up a first pitch, game-winning sacrifice fly off the bat of David Wright, scoring Carlos Beltran. A good game all around.

As the Mets have won 3 in a row, and have started out their exciting 2006 campaign with a 4-1 mark on the season and at home, we should be in for a real treat this year. With the young hitting of David Wright, the quickness of Jose Reyes, the slick fielding of Anderson Hernandez, and the crazy starts for Pedro Martinez, this is going to be a season to remember.

W- Billy Wagner (1-0) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3.00 ERA.

L- Carlos Martinez (0-1) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3.86 ERA.

The Mets and Nats are going to be warned, even before the first pitch is thrown.
"Umpire supervisor Steve Palermo is expected to alert the crew working this week's Mets-Nationals series of the strained relationship that exists between the two National League teams because of a series of hit batsmen last week when the Nationals played at Shea Stadium."

Interesting, and I guess the first pitcher who they believe throws at the other player intentionally will face serious consequences. I think they should just make them play, but don't let it get out of hand.

Cliff believes if Pedro nails Guillen, there will be a fight.
It will be interesting if anyone gets hit now.

David Lennon just about sums it up about Wright.
Great read. He's got the "Wright Attitude."

Was Willie the key to Cliff's success last year?
Marty Noble talks about Willie's career changing attitude to Cliff.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Core Of The Apple

In Friday night's 9-3 win over the Marlins, David Wright and Jose Reyes shone on both sides of the ball, flashing their offensive abilities, both hitting homers, and making slick defensive plays on hard hit balls to their respective positions. David Wright, the third baseman who is only 23 years old, is expected to make a run at the MVP award, along with first baseman Carlos Delgado. So far this year, David Wright is batting .500 with 8 hits in 16 at-bats, along with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. In the win, David went 2 for 3 with a huge solo shot over the Picnic Area, an RBI single, and a sac fly on which Eric Reed, the Marlins young centerfielder, made a spectacular diving catch on. With 3 RBI last night, Wright should be among the best hitters in the game for many years to come.

Jose Reyes, the slightly younger shortstop is another vital part of the Mets for years to come. Reyes has outstanding speed, an outstanding arm, and a very good glove. Reyes, he of 27 bases on balls last year in 696 at-bats is something that he must improve on. If he does, he'd be one of the best leadoff men in the league. Reyes smacked 190 hits last year to go along with 24 doubles, 17 triples, and 60 stolen bases. If he can keep that up for years to come, David Wright and Jose Reyes could be one of the best ever left side of the infield combo that will go down in history. The Mets certainly struck gold in two kids of Wright's and Reyes' potential and attitude towards baseball and fans.

In the bottom of the first, Jose Reyes led off with the first pitch swinging double to left center off of left-hander Jason Vargas. Lo Duca sacrificed Reyes to third, and Beltran followed with an RBI single. Carlos Delgado was next and was hit on the hip with a Vargas pitch. He was OK. Carlos Beltran would steal third, and David Wright would later hit a sac fly on which Reed made the diving stab on. After the first, the Mets were up 2-0. It was the third game in a row they have scored in the first inning. In the top of the fourth, Mike Jacobs, the kid we traded to Florida for Carlos Delgado hit a mammoth shot off Steve Tracshel, which went to the back of the Mets bullpen and I believe out of the stadium. I envision Jacobs as a future Met killer, showing them why they shouldn't have traded him, but we did get Carlos Delgado out of it. Jacobs' raw power is a thing to watch in the future. In the bottom of the inning, Steve Trachsel, a pretty good hitting pitcher, lined an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Xavier Nady. Jose Reyes followed with an RBI single, scoring Trachsel. It was 4-1 Mets. In the bottom of the fifth, David Wright would whale a solo shot out of the Picnic Area beyond left field. 5-1 Mets. In the bottom of the sixth, Todd Wellemeyer hot Paul Lo Duca, threw a wild pitch, and gave up an RBI double to Carlos Delgado. David Wright followed with a weak RBI single to center, scoring Delgado. 7-1 Mets. In the bottom of the seventh, Endy Chavez would bat for Chad Bradford. A player who was signed by the Mets in 1996, going through the farm system, made his Major League debut in 2001 with the Kansas City Royals. The first pitch he seen last night was hit for a double into left center field, showing why he will be a good player off the bench this year. Jose Reyes would follow with a laser beam two-run homer, making the score 9-1. In the top of the ninth, Armando Benitez... uhh excuse me... Jorge Julio, would take over the pitching duties. George July, who lost the game on Wednesday, would give up another two runs, with all the RBIs coming off the bat of Mike Jacobs. Jacobs hit a two out, two-run single, but the Marlins could've added more except Jeremy Hermida was thrown out at third on a great throw by Xavier Nady to get the third out at third base. Darren Oliver would pitch a perfect ninth for his first work of the year.

David Wright and Jose Reyes both homers, Wright's being a solo shot and Reyes with a two-runner. They both had 3 RBI, with Wright going 2 for 3 and Reyes going 3 for 5. I have never been anymore excited about these two kids on our team, and they aren't even in their primes yet. Oh boy. Do we have a treat in the future.
W- Steve Trachsel (1-0) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.50 ERA.

L- Jason Vargas (0-1) 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 9.00 ERA.