Thursday, April 14, 2005

So far it's been another painful, painful game. Through the top of the 6th the Astros led 3-1, but had left 17 men on base, with Lane, Taveras, and Ausmus all failing with multiple runners on. Backe starts the bottom of the 6th, gives up a single, gets a K, gives up a double. Franco comes in, gets a groundball out, then gives up a swinging bunt single to Reyes and starts laughing. It's pretty funny, blowing another lead, huh? Wheeler comes in and gets Cairo to ground to 3rd, but it takes a bad hop and Lamb can't handle it. 4-3 Mets, and once again the Mets score the go-ahead runs without ever hitting the ball hard. Defense, bad luck, and horrible offense have been the theme of the series.

On the bright side, Luke Scott has reached base all 4 times today - he's 3-for-3 with 3 singles and a walk. Backe pitched well, although he still struggles with lefties - he's lucky Cliff Floyd, Kaz Matsui, and Eric Valent weren't in the lineup. Oh, and why isn't Chris Burke starting at 2B? Would it really kill Biggio to sit for one game with a huge bruise on his forearm? It's a little early in the year to start gutting it out for the team - take a seat and let the top prospect in the organiazation play.

6 comments:

Jack said...

Palmeiro draws a walk leading off the 8th. He's done a nice job so far this year, and I think he's actually an excellent 5th OF - no power, but a .350 OBP and solid defense. Decent pinch runner, too.

Jack said...

And Everett pops out. Again. My god, does he think he's a power hitter now? Why the hell is he popping up in the infield so much?

Jack said...

Harville gives up a leadoff single and then dominates with 2 K's. Let's see if we can get something going in the 9th - Lamb / Lane / Scott due up.

Jack said...

2 quick groundouts, Lane on the 1st pitch - he hasn't drawn any walks this year. Might want to improve his patience. Scott flies out, and we get swept. No clutch hits. None.

StroMan said...

Everyone knows that already but I must vent. Lamb is a putrid defensive 3b. He should have been able to square his body a bit more and AT LEAST keep the ball on the infield to prevent the go-ahead (aka winning) run to score. Instead he swatted with his glove, carefully keeping his body sideways and to the left of the ball so as to avoid getting a nasty bruise from that vicious three-hopper.

StroMan said...

I mean no offense to Mike Lamb, who has come up with some key hits for us and is our most dangerous lefty bat while Berkman is out. The blame goes on Uncle Phil for having him out there for the late innings of a game we were leading. He takes out Biggio for defense but leaves in our weakest link? Stupid.