Who was that guy wearing Carlos Delgado's No. 21 out there today?
Was it really him? Sure was. Delgado finally had an out-free game. In fact, he finally had a multi-hit game, finishing 2/2 with two home runs and two walks.
And what usually happens when the big guy hits? The Mets win, which they did today 6-3 over John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves.
Delgado, who was three for his last 34 entering today's game, smashed a homer off Smoltz in the third inning and another off reliever Will Ohman in the bottom of the seventh.
The crowd gave Delgado a standing ovation, something the big guy has not had here in quite sometime. Lately, the former All-star slugger has been met with a serenade of boos from the Shea faithful. However, he did not take a curtain call when the fans were giving him the ovation after his second bomb of the afternoon.
Is he back? Who knows, but for one day we got see what the Mets could do when the middle of the order hits with some power.
Nelson Figueroa got his second victory of the season with another strong outing.
The bullpen, especially Billy Wagner who chalked up his sixth save, was impressive again. Perhaps things have settled down.
Raul Casanova homered and went 3-4, as did Luis Castillo.
Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran both went 1-4. Reyes' average has sunk to .237 and Beltran is hitting just .224.