Yes it's good to see that the Mets, with all the losing, finally won one tonight. It was a game that began and ended the way Mets fans have envisioned games ending for years: shut down bullpen and an offense that acts as a comforter to a 7 inning, 5 hit, 2 walk, 5 K performance from Johan Santana.
Some thoughts on the game...
Every once in a while your going to get the game the Mets got out of Angel Pagan, as the cagey vet went 3 for 4 including the RBI triple in the ninth inning.
I'm sure most of us weren't satisfied after Chipper Jones went yard for the 41st time against us in the eighth inning. This type of game has ended too many times with a walk off hit by the other team and I was very relieved to look up at work after five minutes in the top of the ninth and see a 4-1 score on the television.
Another reinforcement of the very dire straits the Mets continue to linger in: this afternoon was only the seventh time in the last 23 games we've managed more than four runs. All I can say is the beat goes on.
I'm sure the entire Met organization saw the season flash in front of them when in the fifth inning, David Wright twisted his ankle after Matt Diaz slid into the third baseman on a bunt play. Things turned out all right, but man it didn't look good for a minute.
It would always be nice to see the series split tomorrow as we have Fernando Nieve going against Javier Vazquez. A quick note here on Nieve who allowed three earned runs in his first three starts combined. In three starts since then, the righty has given up nine earned against the Brewers, Philadelphia, and Cincy. So it does look rather grim on the mound for the Metsies tomorrow.
We'll talk some more tomorrow night after the Mets either get blown out or surrender the game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth.
Just keeping it real, Mets fans. Good night.