Tuesday, May 30, 2006


May for Milledge

The Mets' weak back-of-the-rotation could be the reason they don't win the division. With Alay Soler on the mound tonight, they lost 7-2 to the Diamondbacks, who evened up the series. Soler imploded in the 5th when he allowed 2 HRs. He gave up all 7 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings of work. With the exception of "El Duque" Hernandez's debut victory on Monday, the Mets have had no luck winning games with their substitute starters - Soler, John Maine, Jose Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez. It's killing the Mets.

Fortunately, they remain in 1st place, thanks to all-star seasons from Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez, a solid offense and the Braves' relatively slow start.

The big news at Shea was the sudden promotion of phenom outfielder Lastings Milledge, who made a swift detour to New York when the team called him up from Norfolk to replace Xavier Nady - on the DL due to an emergency appendectomy.

Milledge, in the 8th slot, lined to short in his first at bat. He doubled off winner Miguel Batista (5-2) in the 6th inning.

Milledge's ascension to the big club raises one question in particular: Are the Mets showcasing Milledge just in case they would offer him in a trade for Dontrelle Willis?

The Mets (31-20) lead the Phillies (27-24), who beat the Nationals, 4-2, by 4 games and the Braves (27-25), who lost to the Dodgers, 8-3, by 4.5.

Next game: Wednesday, May 31, Mets vs. D-Backs, Pedro Martinez (5-1) vs. Brandon Webb (8-0), 7:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN.

Around the horn
• The Yankees scored 5 runs in the 10th to defeat the Tigers, 11-6, in Detroit.

On the hardwood
• I might've overreacted the other night when the Suns lost Game 3 at home to the Mavs. Tonight, the Suns blew them out, 106-86, to tie up the Western Finals, which most likely will go the distance. The series returns to Dallas on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Heat will attempt to close out the Eastern Finals in Detroit on Wednesday. They lead that series, 3-1.

I saw the Tides @ Pawsox last night (a couple of hours before I went to the game hoping to catch Milledge I hear that he's called up). I saw Lima pitch 6 scoreless innings and some nice plays and hits from Anderson Hernandez. Too bad Lima couldn't pull it together for the big club, he's such a fun pitcher to watch, and he was pretty nasty last night.
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