By Mike Steffanos
Mets 5 - Brewers 4
I have to make this one short and sweet today. I'm leaving in a few minutes for my niece's first birthday party. Just a few thoughts on last night's win.
Jorge Sosa: Another strong performance by the right-hander. He's using his slider to good effect, and spotting enough fastballs to keep them honest. As much as I respect the lift he's given the club in his two starts, my big worry is simply what happens if Sosa has to pitch a game where he doesn't have a good slider? I'm afraid if that happens things could get ugly. I'd like to see him work in more well-placed fastballs and show signs that he can control major league hitters with that pitch, but it's hard to argue with the success he's enjoyed so far. I still suspect he may be better suited for the bullpen.
Aaron Heilman: I like Heilman, but he's really a below-average fielding pitcher, and that burned him last night. That was not a difficult chance on Weeks' grounder, and if he had made that play hanging the changeup to Hardy would have only cost one run. He is throwing the ball better, though, and did a nice job of recovering and getting the next three batters after surrendering the long ball.
Wright and Delgado: Could their respective dingers be yet another sign of slumbering lumber stirring awake? The homers were their only hits, as both went 1-4, but the signs are looking better.
Pedro Feliciano: Ask Corey Hart how filthy that slider was for strike three. Now that he's throwing strikes with confidence again, my worries that Joe Smith's arm might fall off have been alleviated. We're actually at the point where Smith needs to get some work.
|Jorge Sosa (2-0)|
|TOTAL (2 Games)||13.0||4||4||8||7||5||2||2.77||1.00||2-0|