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Mets Nearly Edge O's in Tight Ninth

NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Tim Redding #44 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 11, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Jonathan RagusCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

Well, not even the walk-through wins turn out to be a breeze.

The Mets scored six runs to the Orioles' two through nine, but of course, not without grave difficulty.

It seems like Bobby Parnell has come up human as of late.

After batters have been blown away by his 100 mph heat, the book is finally out on him. All of his fastballs have looked dead over the plate.

Don’t get all up in arms about how terrible you think he is now, because he’s still young and prone to making mistakes. Although, with the emergence of Sean Green’s efficiency in the seventh inning, the two may be swapping roles if Parnell can’t cooperate.

K-Rod cleaned up the mess Bobby Parnell left for him, but not without allowing two runs. He clinches save number 17 out of 18 opportunities

Yes, with K-Rod on the mound, you still feel pretty confident in this ballclub, especially up by four.

He walked two, but everyone's human.

If Adam Jones would have crushed a base hit, we’d be talking another story. But, Frankie comes through again, clinching his 17th save that should have been handed to him on Friday.

Why can’t this team win like any normal baseball team?

Gee, I don’t know and I wish I had an answer besides this is the New York Mets.

Maybe this team is a practical joke of the baseball G-d’s. As a distinct relative to the Brooklyn Dodgers, these type of hard luck wins are born and bred in New York’s history.

I assume you are a Met fan and know this, but did you know that being a Met fan does give you a higher rate of heart disease?

I don’t have numbers for this, it's just common knowledge.

Good to see a multi-hit game from Cora and Schneider. Of course, David Wright had one as well, but that’s no surprise. Along with Wright and Beltran, those under-acknowledged Mets continue to be huge in this team's success.

You don’t really expect much offense from them to begin with, but to see these guys begin to click could help in the long run. Schneider, around August last year, broke through with his bat. He had a few homers and drove in some runs at opportune times.

Now, not being an everyday player, Schneider’s production to this team has been forgotten. He’s not one of these guys with a giant fanbase and is under appreciated.

Watch him get hot all of a sudden and things could start to get lethal.

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Tim Redding will try and pitch off of his last two outings which were superb. His opponent will be the 2-4 Koji Uehara.

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