By Mike Steffanos
Pirates 3 - Mets 0
When the Mets get around to drinking that champagne it's bound to be a little flat. John Maine overcame a rough start to pitch a good, gutsy game, but once again the Mets offense was non-existent. The inability to get the big hit killed us again. The Mets managed to strand 16 men on base, and will have to try again tomorrow to clinch the NL east.
There were some bright spots tonight, and we may even appreciate them eventually. Johnny Maine, who looked like he might not survive the early innings, was resilient and resourceful. David Wright, who needs to wake up and start producing against lefties, did exactly that -- going 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. Lastings Milledge, who might also be needed against southpaws, contributed a pair of hits. Endy Chavez had 3 hits after going a week without starting. You sense that he may become more important if Shawn Green continues not producing. And Roberto Hernandez had a strong inning in relief with a pair of strikouts.
Let's update Johnny Maine since August 1:
|TOTAL (8 Games)||46||23||21||40||34||15||10||4.11||1.20||6-2|
Maine wasn't dominating today, but he gave up no home runs and made the pitches he needed to escape some jams. Now we'll see what Steve Trachsel does tomorrow. And speaking of tomorrow, how about wrapping this division up?