By Mike Steffanos
Game 32: Mets 12 - Dodgers 1
On the one hand it's a little frustrating, because with a clutch hit or two in Tuesday night's game the Mets could have had a terrific 4-2 swing through Phoenix and LA. On the other, if they hadn't won this one it would have been really ugly. In any event, it's a 3-3 road trip with all of the same questions still hanging over this team with one-fifth of their schedule completed.
One Met who has the right answers lately is John Maine. His pitching secured 2 of the Mets 3 wins on this trip. An 8-1/3 inning effort gave a tired bullpen a needed night off. He's back to pitching aggressively and throwing strikes, and he's also chipping in with the lumber -- his first hit of the season plated 2 runs.
The Mets let the Dodgers off the hook in Tuesday night's loss, but they weren't so generous to Brad Penny Wednesday afternoon. They pounded LA's starter for 10 earned runs in less than 5 innings of work, pushing his ERA from 3.19 to 4.79 in the process. This was despite Moises Alou and Carlos Delgado both getting the day off.
Ryan (Lastings Who?) Church was the offensive star with 3 hits including his sixth home run, tying him with Wright for the team lead. Luis Castillo and Marlon Anderson, both of whom have been scuffling, had two hits, as did Raul Casanova in what might be his final start with Castro close to coming back.