Saturday, May 06, 2006
Mets' starting rotation blues
They'll need their collective brain power to figure out how to handle the Mets' starting rotation mess. John Maine (sore finger) was placed in the DL before the game, Brian Bannister (strained hamstring) is already on the DL and it looks like Zambrano is heading there as well. That means Sunday's starting pitcher is veteran righthander Jose Lima, who didn't impress during spring training. But the Mets are 21-9, so they can afford to take their chances with Lima for now.
Any chance the Mets will give Heilman a start? Why the Heilman not?
More Met highlights:
* It was their 4th win in a row. They lead the Phillies (16-14), who beat the Giants, by 5 games and the Braves (12-18) by 9.
* Jose Reyes had 3 more hits (that's 8 in the last 2 games), including 2 doubles, raising his BA to .280.
* Carlos Beltran ripped his 7th HR; he's homered in each game of the series thus far.
* Carlos Delgado drove in a run (his 25th) and had 2 hits.
Next game: Sunday, May 7 vs. the Braves at Shea, 1:10 pm start on WB-11 & WFAN, Jose Lima (0-0, 0.00) vs. John Smoltz (1-2, 4.05)
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AROUND THE HORN
* The Yankees (19-11) knocked off the Rangers 6-1 behind Shawn Chacon (4-1). Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez HR-ed. In Boston, the Red Sox (18-12) defeated the Orioles, 9-3, but in Toronto, the Blue Jays (15-14) were shut out by the Angels, 3-0. The Yank and Bosox remain tied for first place. The Yankees go for the sweep on Sunday, Chien-Ming Wong (1-1, 4.89) vs. Robinson Tejeda (1-0, 3.60), 2:05 pm start on YES & WCBS.
* Barry Bonds singled and walked in 4 ABs vs. the Phillies; he's still 2 HRs away from tying Babe Ruth's 714 mark on the all-time list.