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Stink, Stank, Stunk.

Mike SteffanosTuesday, April 18, 2006
By Mike Steffanos


Braves 7 - Mets 1

This is actually my third attempt to make some sense out of this game, and if it doesn't work I'm giving it up for the night. It's not that I'm so shocked the Mets played badly and lost, that's going to happen sometimes. It's not that Endy Chavez is batting .091, or Jose Valentin .000. It's not that Victor Zambrano pitched a weird game, because that's just what's expected of him.

The Mets played without Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran tonight, but it wasn't like anyone really showed up with a bat in their hands, anyway. Chris Woodward has proven once again he may be the only valuable commodity on the Mets' bench. As for Jose Valentin, the best that can be said about him is that at least when he strikes out he's not hitting into a double play. The Mets hoped by getting him a few at bats he would bust out of his "slump". Unless they can talk the opposition into pitching underhand when Valentin comes up, it looks like the only real cure for his woes is retirement.

Victor, Victor, Victor. The Dr. Seuss in the title is for you, buddy. You had a great slider tonight, and a decent changeup. You made Andruw Jones look bad on that slider, and I guess you felt guilty about it and decided to groove him a couple of fastballs. No one looks better giving up 7 runs than Zambrano. He's 30 years old now, and the clock is ticking. Fans are getting tired of waiting for him to harness his potential. I think he's going to have to prove fairly soon that he can be relied on. Still, he didn't pitch any worse than Trachsel did Saturday. When I consider the alternatives -- let's just say I just don't think it's Lima Time quite yet.

Enough of the negatives. Kudos to Woodie for giving the Mets all of their offense tonight. That was a nice 3 innings by Feliciano, who I believe can really help this team this year. Jorge Julio pitched his best inning of the year, who knows with him, maybe there is some hope.

Remember, guys, even a loss like this only counts as one, and everything starts new tomorrow.

Tom Glavine faces his old mates tomorrow afternoon at 1:10, Tim Hudson pitches for the Braves.

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