Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Offensively, like the previous game vs. the Brewers, Carlos Delgado and Xavier Nady led the way with HRs. Nady and Paul Lo Duca each had 3 hits. The Mets' lineup is looking a little soft at the bottom with light-hitting Endy Chavez - he replaced Carlos Beltran (strained right hamstring) for the second straight game - Anderson Hernandez and the pitcher's slot. But the top 6 batters are producing - 3 of them (David Wright, Delgado and Nady) are in the top 10 for batting average - despite a rare 0 for 4 from Wright, who's BA dropped to .391.
The Mets are now 5 games ahead of the Braves (6-8). They set an esoteric baseball record for being the first team ever to achieve a 5-game lead after just 12 games to start a season.
Before the game, the Mets sent Victor Diaz to Norfolk, replacing him with lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano.
Next game: Tuesday, April 18 @ Shea, 7:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Victor Zambano (1-0) vs. Kyle Davies (0-1)
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AROUND THE HORN
* The Yankees open a 3-game series vs. the Blue Jays in Toronto tonight. Both teams are 6-6 and 2 games behind the Red Sox. Lefties Randy Johnson (2-1) and Gustavo Chacin (2-0) face off.
* Barry Bonds extended his homerless streak to 12 as the Giants edged the Diamondbacks 10-9. Bonds' batting a mere .192 with 1 RBI. During the game, a fan was arrested for throwing a tube of toothpaste at Bonds in the 4th inning. The 23-year-old wingnut claimed this was in retaliation for Bonds not giving him an autograph when he was 7 years old. "My problems with Barry Bonds started long before steroids," said the fan, who was wearing a necklace with a syringe dangling from it. To read the full story by my brother Barry Bloom: CLICK HERE