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Another Win for Sosa

Mike SteffanosSaturday, June 2, 2007
By Mike Steffanos


Mets 7 - Diamondbacks 1
Played Saturday, June 2, 2007

A big difference between this season and last has been the starting rotation. It seemed for much of the 2006 season as if the Mets were running a guy out there every fifth day that didn't belong in the major league. Sometimes it would even be 2 of the starters that fit in that category.

It's been different this year. When El Duque went down, we only had to endure one Lima-esque start from Chan Ho Park before the Mets reached down into their depth and pulled up Jorge Sosa. When Mike Pelfrey proved that he wasn't ready for prime time, Sosa had showed enough to stay on as the fifth starter. I think there is part of me that is still waiting for the bubble to burst, but he continues to provide quality starts.

Jorge Sosa (5-1)
DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result
5/5@ARI6.12243202.840.95W
5/11MIL6.22244322.701.05W
5/16CHC7.01115301.290.57W
5/22@ATL4.055643111.252.25L
5/27SFG5.22252103.181.06W
6/2ARI6.21154111.350.90W
TOTAL (6 Games)36.1131325221343.221.055-1

Offensively, David Wright looks a lot more comfortable at the plate, taking pitches and working the opposing pitcher. Delgado had a home run and an opposite field single (I wish he would go the other way more against right-handers, too.) Jose Reyes has shown signs that he may be ready to go on another hot streak.

The big story was the bench. Ramon Castro had a couple of hits, and Ruben Gotay had a huge game -- 3-4, including the 3-run homer that busted it open. Even Carlos Gomez was able to break an 0-18 skid with a single.

Box Score

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Comments (1)

Looking back at the train wreck that Omar inherited a few short years ago we can all see why he needed time to build good true organizational depth ( As well as a good team) . Last year he already had the ingredients of a standout bench . The pitching depth was lacking . But the guys picked each other up and soldiered on and still won in spite of what is widely considered some sub par ML players having to fill holes in the rotation (one of the reasons I love the character of this team) .

But this year if you take a closer look we are progressing as an organization very nicely . We now not only have a very nice bench and rotation but it isn't all vets . We have young prospects like Gomez , Johnson and Gotay contributing and getting a taste of the "Show" in the process . We also have a young vet in Vargas at AAA along with Pelfrey and Humber and another veteran arm in AAA pitching pretty well in Lawrence and a youngster with a lot of promise in AA in Mulvey . And let's not forget Burgos also .

If not for injury we would also have had Milledge making a contribution or two already and in the near future Met fans will be hearing the names of Fernando Martinez and Mike Carp when a position player to fill in for a while is needed.

We really do have a lot to be smiling about as Met fans !

We have gone from having washed up vets as key depth to this years mixture of decent vets with young prospects in their place . And next year I suspect that Omar will provide WR with a few vets also but the major ingredient of that depth will come from upper echelon prospects that are going to start coming of age very soon .

Very nice progress indeed !

The coolest thing is that so far as each passing year goes buy Omar has less of the puzzle to add . So he can concentrate on the diminishing pressing needs we have as a team and be laser like in his determination to bring in the right part that fits the team from talent , character and unselfish perspectives .

Hopefully he wil continue to bring in just the right mix .

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