Saturday, April 22, 2006


Mets offense stalls

Due to a DVR malfunction, I was unable to record the Mets 14-inning game in San Diego last night. This much I know: they lost 2-1; Chad Bradford (0-1) took the loss; the Mets' only run came on Carlos Delgado's 7th HR in the 5th; they only had 7 hits, with Jose Reyes, David Wright and Xavier Nady going a combined 0 for 15; Brian Bannister (2-0, 2.35) was wild again, walking 6 and throwing 100 pitches in 5 innings; Carlos Beltran did not play (strained right hamstring); the bullpen tossed 7 scoreless innings until Bradford allowed Brian Giles' walk-off double in the 14th; ex-Met Mike Piazza went 0 for 3 with 2 BBs and a K (he's hitless in the series and batting .200); the Mets (10-5) have scored only 1 run in 3 of their last 4 games and have lost each of those games; with Atlanta losing in Washington (Alfonso Soriano swatted 3 HRs for the Nats), the Mets' still hold a 3.5-game lead over the Braves.

Next game: Saturday, April 22 in San Diego, 10:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Pedro Martinez (3-0, 3.66) vs. Chris Young (2-0, 2.95)

For more on the Mets: CLICK HERE

* After losing last night to ex-Met Kris Benson (2-2) and the Orioles, the Yankees (8-8) took the second game of the series today, 6-1, behind Shawn Chacon (2-1). Combined with the Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays, the Yanks are now 2 games behind Boston (11-7). Randy Johnson (2-2, 4.63) faces ex-Met Bruce Chen (0-2, 8.10) tomorrow.
* Excerpted from yesterday's story, "Opening month full of surprises," by Jim Molony:
- Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez and Adrian Beltre are not among the 233 Major Leaguers with at least one homer. Bonds (28 at-bats), Ramirez (54) and Beltre (60) have gone a combined 142 at-bats without leaving the yard once.
- The Mets not only have the second-best record in baseball (11-4) and the majors' best team ERA (3.24), the rotation is also ranked No. 1 with a 3.38 ERA.
- The Mets' high-powered offense of Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca and David Wright have seen a surprising hero in RF Xavier Nady, who leads the team with a .364 batting average.
- 39 players have 40 or more plate appearances with on-base plus slugging percentages greater than 1,000. The Yankees, Mets and Indians lead the way with three players each.
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