MASH Unit Mets top Cards

Posted: June 22, 2009 in Odds and Sods


Just when everything seemed to be crumbling down around them (well actually it is crumbling down around them), the Mets turned in one of their cleaner performances in recent memory, topping the NL Central-leading Cardinals 6-4 at CitiField tonight.

The lineup had a spring-training feel to it, with Fernando Tatis (hitting .260 with 2 homers) hitting cleanup and Omir Santos batting sixth. Still, the Mets scratched together some rallies, never trailing in this one (although the Cards got within one twice). Daniel Murphy is heating up again, collecting two hits including a homer. Santos continues to surprise, picking up four more hits. Luis Castillo went 3-for-3, nice to see the bats come alive.

But the story of tonight was Tim Redding. The much maligned righty gave the beleaguered bullpen a much-needed lift by tossing seven-plus innings. Jerry Manuel probably got a little greedy, trying to squeeze one more inning out of Redding, who promptly gave up a leadoff homer to the always dangerous Brendan Ryan (his first tater of the season). Jon Switzer got an out and gave up a hit and Brian Stokes showed Jerry why he should be used more often, inducing a 1-4-3 double play from the mighty Albert Pujols to end the eighth.

K-Rod nailed it down with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Mets (35-33) picked up a half-game on the idle Phillies. They’re somehow 1 1/2 games out of this thing. Perhaps more importantly, Pedro Feliciano, Bobby Parnell and Sean Green got a much-needed night off. Oh yeah, nobody pulled a hammy or twisted a knee in this one, so that’s a victory in and of itself.

To sum up the roster moves made before the game: Ken Takahashi and Wilson Valdez designated for assignment, Carlos Beltran joins the likes of Reyes and Delgado on the DL. Lefty Pat Misch and righty Elmer Dessens join the bullpen, while F-Mart rejoins the squad in place of Beltran. Got all that? There will be a quiz later.

  1. ep says:

    Nice Mets update.
    So, after his 4-for-4 day, you think Santos should be the regular starter at C?

    • Andrew Sodergren says:

      Santos has been a pleasant surprise, but I’m still a bit wary of making him the regular starter. He’s 28 and didn’t do much to distinguish himself in the minor leagues. Plus, Schneider is actually hitting for once (that won’t last long) with a pair of long homers over the weekend. I’m fine with splitting the time right now, but I’m glad they finally got rid of the huge craniumed Ramon Castro. He was hurt all the damn time.

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