Friday, August 26, 2005

Mets Roll Through Phoenix With Four Wins, Improve Playoff Chances

Not a bad start to the Mets big road trip. Four games in Phoenix, and four wins. It doesn't get much better then that. They got some great pitching and some timely hitting in this series

Tom Glavine evened his record to 10-10 in the Monday game. He yielded only five hits through eight innings of work and he struck out five. On offense, Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz both hit solo shots and Cliff Floyd drove in two runs. Brandon Looper saved his 25th game of the season.

Tuesday was the first blowout. Victor Zambrano threw eight quality innings but that was lost in the 14 run, 17 hit barrage. Juan Castro drove in five runs with his two hits and David Wright continues his impressive sophomore campaign with three hits and four runs. In all, six Mets had multihit games.

If you thought 14 runs was a lot, then you'd be even more impressed with the eighteen they scored on Wednesday. This time the Mets racked up twenty hits and four Mets had at least three hits. Jose Reyes homered, had three hits, three runs and four RBIs. Mike Jacobs was even more impressive. He homered twice, had four hits, five runs and four RBIs. David Wright had two solo homers and he scored four runs. Jae Seo had another impressive start as he gave up only seven hits and two runs in seven innings of work.

Things were a bit tighter yesterday but Pedro Martinez came to the rescue. He threw six innings of two hit ball before yielding to the pen. The Mets only managed five hits but they made them count. Victor Diaz had a solo homerun and a sacrafice fly and Cliff Floyd had two hits and a run. Brandon Looper saved his 26th game with a perfect ninth inning.

So things are looking good. We're now tied with the Marlins and the Astros at a game and a half back of the Wild Card leading Phillies. Baseball Prospectus is giving us a 39% chance of making the playoffs, which is very solid and is the best of any team outside of the current division leaders. The Giants are on deck for a three game series, so hopefully we can keep up the winning, despite not having Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron in the lineup.


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