Monday, May 03, 2004

Games 22 through 25 - Mets
Even Steven Beats Losin' Susan Every Time

Mets 6, Dodgers 1
Padres 7, Mets 6
Padres 3, Mets 1
Mets 6, Padres 2
Record: 10-15

In the week since the Cubs clubbing, the Mets went 3-3 out west against the Dodgers and Padres. In this new phase of appreciating the little things en route to a big, bad season, we'll take that. Tom Glavine is 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA. This is a great reason to be happy, especially if you recall last year's start. Karim Garcia and Shane Spencer (The Pizza Place Whiz Kids) have overachieved at the plate. Danny Garcia, called up recently, has looked sharp thus far. The Mets recently passed the D-Rays for next-to-last in runs scored, and they're all the way up to 25th in batting average. Jae Seo finally had a stellar outing, Steve Trachsel is hard-luck but rock-solid, and Al Leiter has a 1.65 earned run average. Despite the miserable win-loss record, there may be more reasons to be pleased than there were at this time last year.

Sure, we could talk about another wretched John Franco appearance, Tyler Yates blowing a huge lead, Jason Phillips' BA, a dearth of clutch hitting, the silly protest of the Padre pitcher's motion, or, worst of all, Jose Reyes having a major setback in his hamstring problem. But let's not, okay? It's an off-day, and we all know what that means: the Mets cannot possibly lose today. And that's good news for all of us.

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