John Maine and Omir Santos--a dynamic duo.
John Maine needed a good game--his team needed for him to have a good game--his manager and pitching coach asked the baseball Gods to let him have a good game--and he didn't....instead, he had a great one.
Maine started the game by doing something very smart....pound the fastball. He threw it, and threw it, and threw it, and threw it.
Once the fastball was established, he began working in his other pitches, but for the most part, he was a fastball pitcher yesterday.
All told Maine allowed no earned runs in six innings, threw 94 pitches, and earned his first victory since August 13, 2008.
"I concentrated this time, in my bullpen session and even on my off days, on really slowing myself down and staying under control," Maine said. "It's something I was doing when I was pitching well last year and the year before, but for some reason I just get a little excited out there, and that hurts me."The hitting star of the night was backup catcher Omir Santos, who hit his first major league homerun, and it just happened to be a Grand Slam. In a great moment, JJ Putz nailed him with a perfect shaving cream pie "strike" as he was being interviewed after the game.
"It's a start," Maine said. "It's good to get the first win, but I still need to keep working. I think there's still a lot of areas I need to improve on. But like I said, it's a start and I have to go from there."
His effort helped propel the Mets to the win and sent the Marlins to their seventh straight loss.
After his blast, a jubilant Santos was called out for a curtain call by the nearly packed house...it was surely a thrilling moment for Santos.
On CBS, they ask: Why did the native of Puerto Rico sign with the Mets in January?
"It's a winning team, a great city," he said. "You feel like home, because every corner that you stand, everybody speaks Spanish."
Santos' homer came in his 28th career at-bat and made him just the third player to hit a slam for his first big league homer while with the Mets, following Jack Hamilton and Jose Reyes. When Schneider is activated, the Mets likely will decide whether Santos or Ramon Castro will be the backup.
The bullpen once again did their job and finished the game in fine style, allowing just one hit in 3 innings.
Carlos Delgado's hip is hurting. According to the NY Daily News, he is going for a "Hip Check" today. "It's a little sore (yesterday)," said Delgado, who didn't foresee a DL trip.
Metsradamus has a funny piece on Omir Santos, complete with a picture of him with the shaving cream pie to the face in his post-game interview.
All in all a great game for the Mets, and it sure is starting to feel like momentum is coming our way.
Enjoy your coffee!
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|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.370|
|Alex Cora, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.154|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.397|
|Gary Sheffield, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.154|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Wright, 3B||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.284|
|Ryan Church, RF||3||0||1||1||0||2||2||.356|
|Fernando Tatis, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Omir Santos, C||4||1||1||4||0||1||2||.286|
|John Maine, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daniel Murphy, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Sean Green, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Reed, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a-tripled for Maine in the 6th|
|3B - David Wright (1, Pinto), Daniel Murphy (1, Sanchez)|
|HR - Omir Santos (1, Sanchez)|
|SF - Ryan Church (1)|
|RBI - Gary Sheffield (2), David Wright (7), Ryan Church (8), Omir Santos 4 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omir Santos 4 (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Gary Sheffield (1, Dropped line drive)|
|New York Mets|
|John Maine (W,1-2)||6||1||1||0||3||4||0||5.40|
|HBP - H. Ramirez (by John Maine)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 94-54, Sean Green 11-7, J.J. Putz 21-14, Francisco Rodriguez 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-9, Sean Green 1-2, J.J. Putz 2-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - John Maine 24, Sean Green 3, J.J. Putz 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5|