« Slumbering Offense, Snoozer of a Game | Main | Amidst Rotation Worries, Thankfully Pedro is Still Pedro »

Pedro Rights the Ship

Mike SteffanosSunday, April 23, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

Mets 8 - Padres 1

In a game that ended mercifully earlier and with a happier result, Pedro had his best outing of the year, striking out 11 in 7 innings and completely dominating the Padres offense. In the process, Pedro raised his record to 4-0, and ensured the Mets of at least a split of the four game series with the Padres. SNY had a graphic up showing that Pedro has a 10-2 record in his Mets career in games he starts directly after a Mets loss. He's been worth every penny. The offense even seems to relax when he pitches.

Pedro's 7 innings gave the Mets bullpen a nice break, but then to top it off, Jorge Julio pitched 2 terrific innings to wrap things up. Coming into a 6-1 game in the eighth, Julio was terrific, throwing strikes and putting the Padres down in order. Then in the ninth, he struck out leadoff hitter Josh Barfield with a slider in the dirt that got by catcher Ramon Castro for a wild pitch, allowing Barfield to make it to first. Julio made a good pitch to get Brian Giles to hit a double play grounder to David Wright, but Wright booted it for an error. When Mike Piazza followed with a hard single to load the bases, the Mets got Sanchez up in the bullpen despite the 8 run lead. You figured for sure Julio would completely blow up, a couple of bad breaks and now he's looking at bases loaded, no outs. You were wrong.

Julio strikes out Adrian Gonzalez on a filthy pitch, then got Khalil Greene to ground into a game ending double play. It was a great performance by Julio, and I have to give the Mets credit -- I thought for sure it was a waste of time not sending Julio down, but he's stopped trying to overthrow the ball, is pitching down in the zone, and is looking more and more like a viable reliever every day. Still, the Jorge Julio project has a long way to go.

Thoughts on the game

I'm exhausted, so pardon me if I'm brief. Xavier Nady had a nice offensive game with a homer to start the scoring and an opposite field single to drive in another run. Delgado and Castro also homered.

Wright took a nasty hit-by-pitch to the ribs, but was able to stay in the game.

Jose Valentin had a single to raise his average over .100

Home Plate umpire Mark Carlson had a very inconsistent strike zone tonight.

The Mets have the only non-10 PM start of this west coast swing tomorrow. They'll be on channel 11 at 4 PM. Victor Zambrano will face Clay Hensley.

Box Score

About Mike's Mets

Please support Mike's Mets:

Disclaimer: Mike's Mets is an independent, unofficial fan site, and is not affiliated in any way with the New York Mets or Major League Baseball.

Other Links

General Baseball Links
Internet Radio Shows
Video Blogs
Other Team Links
Other Sports Links
Non-Sports Links
Video Direct

Looking for great deals on MLB Baseball Tickets? Visit JustgreatTickets.com for Cubs Tickets, NY Mets Tickets and a huge selection of Red Sox Tickets, Yankees Tickets and plenty of great concert Tickets for Dave Matthews Band Tickets and Buffett Tickets

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Powered by
Movable Type 4.1