Sunday, August 5, 2007

More Mets

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A few hours before Barry Big Head's no. 755 sailed over the left field fence in Petco Park in San Diego (welcome to Trivial Pursuit, Clay Hensley), the Mets dropped a tough game in Chicago 6-2, when young John Maine lost his concentration.

During a scoreless game, a close call at first went against the Mets, giving the Cubs a 2-out baserunner and Maine slapped his glove against his side. After that, he couldn't find his focus and within 10 minutes, the Cubs had a 6-0 lead. That was all she wrote. It was a tough loss for the Mets who had won three straight, including a very crisp game one in Chicago, who at the moment was leading the Central Division.

The rubber game is tomorrow. It's a must-win for the Mets who have a string of difficult series ahead of them in the next few weeks, including against their nemesis, the newly retooled Braves.

I like that the offense has picked up in recent days, including David Wright and Carlos Delgado, who have been swinging hot bats. Though Wright had two chances to knock in runs on Saturday and he popped up and grounded out to first. ESPN is broadcasting it as their national game tomorrow night so you can watch history happen in HD, only this is a guy anybody can root for.

Tomorrow night is a big night for Tom Glavine, too. The veteran lefty takes the mound for his second attempt at victory number 300. It's an amazing achievement for a finesse pitcher in an era when getting 150 wins is a big deal.

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