Thursday, July 21, 2005

Making a Move

The Mets roughed up the Padres in the opening series of the week. Riding a Sunday win over the Braves, the Mets got a solid start from Kris Benson to keep the Mets in the game until Chris Woodward hit a two run walk off homer in the eleventh. Credit the bullpen in this one as well because they went four innings and only gave up one hit. Brandon Looper walked away with the win after pitching a perfect tenth and eleventh.

Yesterday's game was a little cleaner as Tom Glavine threw a nice game. Six solid innings from him allowed and four runs in the first three innings by the Mets offense were the difference makers. All Stars Mike Piazza and Carlos Beltran both hit homers and Jose Reyes stole two bases and now has 30 on the season.

This afternoon's game was a cake walk. Kaz Ishii threw six shutout innings before yielding to the pen to complete the shutout and the Mets put twelve runs on the board. Jose Reyes had a really nice game as he went three for five with two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.

The four game winning streak has put the Mets three games above .500. They've also passed the Marlins and Phillies to move into the third place. They're now only 5 games back of the Nationals but I still think the Braves are the team to beat. The Mets are also now in second place for the Wild Card spot, so we always have to keep that in mind.

I think we definitely have to be buyers at the trading deadline. We could use another quality arm in the pen (although they have done well lately), but we also can't make a move like we did last year by giving up one of the top pitching prospects. Scott Kazmir hasn't lit it up this year, but he probably would have helped if we decided to go to a six man rotation to give Pedro some rest.

The Mets host the struggling Dodgers this weekend. Two of three is the way to go, but as always, I'll take a sweep.


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