By Mike Steffanos
Mets 10 - Nationals 5
Welcome to the new reality of Mets baseball 2006. It's been kind of ugly with all the hit batters the last couple of days, but it makes a point, too. The Mets pitchers aren't conceding the inside of the plate to opposing batters anymore, and they have a catcher that's not afraid to call those pitches. It's going to pay some dividends over the course of the year, but we might have to live through some brawls, too.
With my newly hooked up DirecTV I was able to watch the game tonight. Sadly, what I've been told about Anderson Hernandez is true -- he looks like a kid that isn't ready to hit major-league pitching yet, though he did manage to drive the ball pretty well his last at-bat.
Keith Hernandez thinks the booing is getting out of hand and is really counterproductive -- but then again, what does he know? STOP ALREADY! Take up knitting or yoga -- work out your stress some other way. Booing your own players should be the last resort of a true fan, saved for the most heinous of offenders. There's no Bonilla on this team. It's just ugly.
I've rooted for this team for a long time. New York has always been a tough town, but never unfair -- at least not until recently. Omar is going to have a hard time getting players to come here if this keeps up. If you were a great player, and you had a choice, would you want to deal with this?
Speaking of Omar -- I kind of poked fun at you when you signed Julio Franco, didn't I, Mr. Minaya? I dismissed it when you talked about what a great influence he would be on the team. I was wrong. You were right. That's probably not the last time this phenomenon will happen.
If Xavier Nady can just learn to cover that outside pitch we might be conceding the above point on that trade, too.
Tonight's ugly win for Pedro was a partial payback for all the times the Mets let him down last year.
Duaner Sanchez has looked pretty good so far. I hated to see Jae Seo go, but I still like this deal -- even if Seo has a pretty good year. As for Chad Bradford, it's nice that Willie has some funk in the bullpen that is actually capable of getting outs.
I was impressed with the resiliency of the team tonight. When Pedro hit Guillen for the second time and then Nick Johnson hit that ball into Flushing Bay I thought the momentum had clearly gone over to the Nationals. I know it's really, really, really early, but this is a tougher team than last year's.
Reyes still has his ups and downs, but I think he really is starting to understand what he needs to do as a leadoff hitter. If he keeps it up, the Sabermetric police might have to find a new whipping boy...
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