Sunday, August 28, 2005

Groundhog Day

Different day, same story. Mets fall victim to good starting pitching, score their only run on an out, and get a baserunner but are shut down by Armando Benitez in the ninth.

Why is Andie McDowell in my bedroom?

It was, to be sure, an ominous beginning as Jose Reyes fouled one off his foot, and it took a while for him to shake it off.

The game also had a treacherous middle as Kris Benson, who cruised through five innings, gave up a tying dinger to J.T. Snow, and a two run jack to Pedro Feliz, and that was all she wrote.

The ending was brutal...as Armando Benitez notched yet another save against the Mets.

There was also a secret surprise as Victor Zambrano warmed up in the bullpen in the late innings...presumably to get some work in for his alleged start on Friday, as Steve Trachsel looked down the right field line wondering what in the world was going on. (Editor's note, apparently Trachsel is the odd man out, which makes absolutely no sense...and Trax is none too pleased. Can you blame him?)

Add that to Noah Lowry's stellar pitching which shut down a suddenly impotent Met offense, and you get today's 4-1 loss...the cracker jack box from hell.

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Nice article on Tim Hamulack in the Post today...not only is Hamulack a guy overdue for a shot at the show, but oddly enough so is his agent. No more "who?" after Tim Hamulack (and his 90+ mph fastball) for me.

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Ken Rosenthal muses about potential trades involving Manny Ramirez and Jason Marquis. He also cautions that the Mets shouldn't be too impressed about their four game sweep against Arizona...

5 comments:

metswalkoffs said...

Metstradamus

Surprised you didn't include Scott Eyre (or someone of that ilk) in your poll question...

Metstradamus said...

I only threw Christiansen in because he was released. I don't know how effective he is, but he's gotta be better than Remlinger has shown this season. I think with Christiansen gone, they are handing the middle relief to Eyre.

I probably wouldn't have a problem with a trade...but I think the Mets have enough to choose from in the minors between Ring (what more does he have to do?), Hamulack, and Colyer. Hey, youth has worked so far...why stop now?

It's also hard to imagine, unfortunately, that anyone will be willing to let go of veteran lefty relievers via trade.

metswalkoffs said...

oh, my bad...i didn't see you included christiansen...my eyes glazed as I was prepping a post on my site, one that Blogger ate, so I had to write it twice!

Metstradamus said...

I feel your pain. I had a post disappear into the warm internet air recently. That is not a good feeling.

Erik Eugenio said...

I do not think so.