The Mets put the walk-off home run from the night before behind them, as the bats kept cracking and the runs kept coming. The Mets concluded the series with the Florida Marlins, winning 13-0.
At the plate, David Wright and Ryan Church had three hits apiece, each including a home run. Carlos Beltran didn’t stop hitting doubles. He had three on the night, including a controversial double that caused Willie Randolph to come out to argue. I didn’t see the play, but according to what I’ve heard, Beltran had already rounded the bases and was in the dugout when the umpires suddenly decided they wanted to change the call from a home run to a double.
I always have though that John Maine is a much better pitcher than Oliver Perez. At least John Maine doesn’t make me worry that he will throw a ball into the dugout one of these days, but what Oliver Perez showed everyone yesterday was great. The thing that seems to keep me worried is his next start. Last year, he had an amazing first outing against Atlanta, but sunk down to all-time lows in the next start against Philly. Perez finished with eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings of relief.
On Tuesday night, Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa found out that he was going to be going from Triple-A to the Mets following the hamstring injury of Pedro Martinez, and on Wednesday, he was pitching. He pitched an inning of relief yesterday, giving up no hits or runs and struck out a batter. Also pitching an inning of relief apiece were Pedro Feliciano, who gave up a hit, and Billy Wagner, who threw a perfect ninth.
Some people may wonder why the Mets went with Wagner in the ninth inning of a 13-run game, but I can definitely see why the Mets decided to go with him. It is only the first week of the season, and even though he has had spring training, he still needs to get these engines revved up. He never even pitched in the first game of the season, so sending in Billy yesterday was the right choice.
Next Mets Test:
The Mets have today off before facing the Braves in Atlanta tomorrow night at 7:30 pm on SNY. The game will be the first of a three-game series that includes a matchup of formet Met Tom Glavine and the youngster, Mike Pelfrey.