Bing, Bang, Bam...Jose, Ryan, and Carlos.
The Mets 1, 2 and 4 hitters turned Matt Chico's night into one he'd like to forget, blasting long balls and leading the Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Nationals.
Ryan "Can't hit lefties" Church crushed a hanging curve over the right field wall and continues his hot hitting. In two games as the Mets #2 hitter, he's looked very impressive at the plate and, perhaps more importantly, extremely comfortable as well. Ryan Church is now batting .340 and is fast on his way to becoming a huge fan favorite with his marquee good looks and professional on-field demeanor.
Beltran struck the big blow of the game with a 3-run blast that signaled the end for Chico. In addition to his homerun, Beltran drew his club leading 13th walk of the season to raise his OBP to a sparkling .448. Beltran, who looked tentative all spring, appears very close to being 100%.
John Maine wasn't his sharpest tonight, but he limited the damage and made it through 6 2/3 innings before turning it over to Joe Smith and Billy Wagner.
Both relievers pitched well, and Smith, despite hitting Lastings Milledge, has really displayed the good ball movement and control that won him the job last year. Of note is the fact that Smith has not allowed an inherited run to score in 2008.
Billy Wagner notched his 2nd save of the year and now sports a perfect 0.00 ERA in a mere 4 innings of work through the Mes first 13 games.
Tomorrow the Mets Nelson Figueroa tries to complete the sweep and re-kindle a little of the magic he had in his 2008 Mets starting debut.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
by Dave Singer