Monday, April 21, 2003

Game 19 - Mets

Mets 7, Marlins 4
Record: 8-11

Don't look now, but the New York Metropolitans have won two series in a row. I mean it, don't look now, because they were against the Pirates and Marlins with the Astros and D-backs getting ready to come to town. But you have to win the winnable games, and with the exception of these all-too-regular Benitez blow-ups, they are starting to do that. Tommy Glavine had another fine outing, Roger Cedeno finally did something that didn't make me kick the couch (a pair of clutch singles scoring tying and go-ahead runs), and Mo Vaughn made up for two errors with a two-run base hit to widen the gap and keep Benitez in the bullpen. Mike Stanton gave up a meaningless homer just to raise his ERA to 5.40 and make you wonder, and the flurry of K's continued for the Mets' batsmen (9 more), but it was a solid win, which was definitely necessary after Saturday's debacle. Monday is an off-day and David Cone goes against Tim Redding on Tuesday night. The pitching match-ups for all three games against Houston are nightmarish, but you never know what these crazy, mixed-up Mets are capable of coming up with on any given night. 8-11, still in last place but just 3 back of the division leading . . . Expos? [Keep an eye on the Braves, they are surging.]

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