By Mike Steffanos
Mets 10 - Rockies 5
Steve Trachsel teetered on the edge of disaster for most of the night, but always managed to pull himself out just in time. Meanwhile, the Mets offense took advantage of some shoddy Rockies defense and bad pitching, and it all added up to another win.
The Mets jumped out quickly to a 2-0 lead against Byung-Hyun Kim with a Beltran homer and an RBI single by David Wright. Trachsel got into trouble right away though, giving one run back and working his way out of a big jam. That would typify Trachsel's night, finding himself in various degrees of trouble in four of the six innings he pitched. After Reyes hit a 2-run homer in the second to put him up 4-1, Trachsel got burned for 2 more in the third and looked shaky. Then Steve got stingier, and the Mets chased Kim and reliever Tom Martin. Trachsel had an effective, if quite eventful 6 inning performance and another win.
Thoughts on the game
A painfully slow game by Trachsel and the Colorado staff had left your blogger quite tired, so excuse the short recap. A look at Trachsel's updated chart:
I thought after that game against Colorado at Shea on the 18th Steve was in the driver's seat for a playoff start. After the bad start against the Cards and this up and down performance, I would have to believe the fourth playoff starter is still very much in the air. One thing that scared me tonight was that a relatively weak-hitting Rockies club got a lot of their hits off of good pitches low in the zone. It's one thing leaving the ball up and getting clocked like Steve did against the Cards, but when you make good pitches and they hit them anyway, that's cause for concern.
In fairness, at times tonight Trachsel looked good, but he couldn't sustain it. Kudos to Steve for steadying the course and getting another win, but it was not a really impressive performance.
On Beltran's first inning homer, the run he scored tied him with Derek Bell for the all-time Mets record of consecutive games with a run scored, 11. It also tied his personal high for homers with 39. Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, Wright and Green all had multi-hit games for the Mets tonight. Wright was 3-4 with 3 RBIs.
Colorado's outfield defense is some of the worst I ever seen. The infield is more solid. Kaz Matsui had a nice game against his old team tonight and looked fairly relax. I doubt they'll boo him out of town in Colorado.
One telling moment in the game. Gary Cohen was relating how David Wright noted that Carlos Delgado stayed on such an even keel during his struggles, and how David was emulating that approach while undergoing his own woes. Veteran leadership is one of those intangibles that some of you stat guys hate to hear about, but it makes a difference. Delgado is worth more to this club than just the naked numbers -- and they're looking pretty good now, too.
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