By Mike Steffanos
Mets 11 - Rockies 3
David Wright had a big offensive game for the Mets, and Dave Williams had another successful audition for a place on this ball club in 2007. Rockies outfielders continued to treat every ball hit to them like a hand grenade. It all added up to another huge win for the Mets in Colorado.
This game was over by the second inning. David Wright had a grad slam in the first, and Jose Valentin chipped in with a solo blast. Wright also singled home a run in the Mets' 3-run second inning, and Jose Valentin had another solo shot in the third. The Mets opened a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Williams was as good as he needed to be, and was also mercifully quick for bleary-eyed Mets fans tonight.
Thoughts on the game
Dave Williams was solid tonight. He wasn't as sharp with his location as he was in his previous start, but pitched aggressively and was able to coax a couple of big double plays. Let's look at the updated chart:
You have to love a guy that pitches quickly and throws strikes. He has a deceptive delivery and isn't afraid to challenge right-handers. He's being sent down to Norfolk in a roster move, but will be back Tuesday to take his next start. I would think at the very least he has forced his way into the Mets' thinking as a fifth starter or long reliever/spot starter for next year, and maybe as a bullpen possibility for the post-season. I love those 11 Ks and only 2 walks in 19 innings. Williams was also on base 4 times, although he did cost Reyes a triple and an RBI for failing to touch third.
A second blowout in a row doesn't beg a long recap. Just some general observations:
- It was nice that Wright hit a homer and knocked in some runs, but most important, he looked good doing it.
- Wright also kicked in a terrific defensive play to rob Barmes of a hit.
- I would have never thought this when he first started playing there this season, but it occurred to me that Jose Valentin has become a very good defensive second baseman.
It's part 2 of Oliver Perez' audition Thursday night.
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