Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Mets cruise to 4th in a row

Not since 1985 have the Mets bolted from the starting gate with a 5-1 record. That's a good sign. As any Met fan knows, they won the World Series in 1986. Today's 7-1 victory over the lackluster Nationals and their 4 other wins indicate the Mets are capable of beating bad teams. Let's see what happens when they take on the Brewers (5-2) this weekend and the Braves (4-4) next week.

Brian Bannister earned his first major-league win with a solid 7-inning performance. Jose Reyes (triple, 2 RBI) and David Wright (double, RBI) again paced the offense, with Carlos Beltran adding a 2-run upper-deck HR in the 9th for good measure. Only Billy Wagner's 3-walk outing was cause for concern - because of the reliever's wildness and manager Willie Randolph's decison to use his top gun in a meaningless 9th.

Stats: Wright leads the teams with a .435 BA & 10 RBI; he's 5th in the NL in BA and tied for 2nd in RBI; Reyes and Beltran have 7 RBI each.

Next game: Wednesday, April 12 @ RFK Stadium, 7:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Pedro Martinez (1-0) vs. Tony Armas (0-1)

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* The Yankees (3-4) came back from a 7-4 deficit to defeat the Royals 9-7 in their home opener. Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi both hit 3-run HRs and Mariano Rivera notched his first save of the season. The Red Sox (6-1), who beat the Blue Jays 5-3, remain 3 games ahead of the Yanks.
* Ex-Met Kris Benson won his first game as an Oriole, allowing 5 hits in 7-plus innings against the Devil Rays. He evened his record to 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.93.

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