Monday, July 31, 2006

On Eve Of Trade Deadline, Beltran Hammers Braves Into Oblivion

By winning 10-6 yesterday afternoon, the Mets swept the Braves in Atlanta for the first time since 1985, and all but completely squashed Atlanta's playoff hopes. The Bravos now reside in ninth place in the wild card standings. Although they are just 6.5 games out, climbing over 8 teams seems rather insurmountable, especially with Chipper Jones on the DL again.

WB games are blacked out for me, and I couldn't even find the Braves broadcast on the radio, so I depended on ESPN updates to follow the Mets conquest. Regardless, here is my take, in a new format that I may or may not continue going forward -

The Good: Beltran hit two homeruns, including another Grand Salami to bury the Braves, completing a sweep in Atlanta for the first time in 21 years.

The Bad: Glavine was pretty awful, not even lasting long enough to "earn" the win. This guy needs to get right again if we have any hopes of advancing in the playoffs.

The Ugly: Cliff Floyd was pulled from the lineup because of pain in his Achilles. He is day to day but he was quoted in Newsday today sounding pretty doubtful about being in the lineup tomorrow against the Florida Dolphins.

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