Mets Win Again on The Backs Of Santana, The Bullpen and Castro

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2008

The Mets continued to play good baseball in Queens last night. We all know, the Giants are not a good baseball team, but this is something the Mets don't do when they're slumping: beat up on bad teams.

It looks like they have finally figured out the recipe for success in that department.

Johan Santana toed the rubber for the Mets. He went five innings, giving up three hits while striking out five. He left the game after a 45 minute rain delay, in line for a win.

Before the rain came in, Ramon Castro broke up a scoreless game by hitting his third home run on the season, a three run shot into the bleachers in left.

The real story above all to me in this game was the bullpen. I'm not sure if they were auditioning Aaron Heilman for other teams, so that he could move to the trading block or they were just giving him more innings, but he was brilliant. He came in to relieve Santana after the delay, pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh, striking out two and not allowing a hit.

That line is not the best we've seen, but just watching Heilman, he looks like a different pitcher. Suddenly his fastball is jumping out of his hands at around 95 and his change up is being highlighted even more because of this added speed.

Duaner Sanchez and Joe Smith finished up the game, each pitching scoreless and hit-less innings, while the Mets lineup added two additional runs.

That is another enigma the Mets have had, adding onto their leads late in games. It seems that all cylinders are firing for Jerry Manuel and the New York Mets as John Maine, in search of a lengthy, quality outing, takes the hill for the Mets as they go for the sweep.