Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The X-Man Cometh

The Mets gave the hometown crowd a real nice show last night. Besides Xavier Nady crushing two dingers, and making a leaping catch at the wall, there was a bunch of memorable moments wrapped up in the 9-2 win over the Reds as well. For instance...

Jose Valentin provided some laughs as he tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park homerun but was nailed at the plate, being tagged out by his brother. "Windmill Willie" couldn't be too mad at Manny Acta with as many runners he sent to their doom as 3rd base coach for the Junkees.

Pedro Martinez was caught on camera entertaining himself with a wiffle bat and a gum wrapper or something, and then mocking Carlos Delgado's batting stance. Delgado had a homer earlier in the game, so maybe Petey was just trying to pick up some pointers?

Lastings Milledge, whose days in the majors might be numbered as Cliff Floyd makes his way back from the DL, did his best to show off his talents by throwing out Freel attempting to strecth a single into a double.

Stevie Trachsel smacked a homer of his own, making him the first Mets pitcher to hit a homerun since Shawn Estes did it in the game when he was unable to bean Roger Clemens.

Speaking of Trachsel, the back end of the rotation is making it awfully hard for the front office to find a slot for Miek Pelfrey. Seriously, where would you put him? Trachsel has now won three straight decisions, and El Duque and Soler have both thrown complete games recently. I'm certain that we will need a spot starter at some point due to a rainout or something, but the only way he's coming up for good is if there's an injury. So let's hope we don't see Pelfrey in the rotation till next Spring.

Do the Mets lead the league in scoring exactly 9 runs in a game or what?

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