By Mike Steffanos
Game 27: Mets 7 - Diamondbacks 2
The D-backs elected to go with Micah Owings as the starter last night, despite the fact that he was obviously bothered by a bad right ankle. It was clear from the get-go that Owings wasn't right. Everything was up in the zone and the Mets were teeing off on him.
It was a great night for Jose Reyes, who led off in the eighth inning needing a home run to hit for the cycle. Reyes gave it a ride, but hit it off the wall in dead center and bounded away from CF Chris Young. Third base coach Sandy Alomar elected to try to score Reyes, but a pair of good throws from Young and 2B Augie Ojeda nailed him by 15 feet. A couple of things here.
As exciting it is to see a hitter go for the cycle -- and on an inside-the-park homer, no less -- Alomar had no business sending Reyes with no outs when they were only up by 5 runs. That could have been an important insurance run, and it was a silly decision by Alomar. Young got to the ball too quickly, and only a misplay on the relay would have scored Reyes.
Secondly, though, it was Alomar who elected to send Reyes. When I was reading about the game earlier today I came across this on the AZ SnakePit blog:
Compare and contrast [Conor] Jackson running through the cycle in a blowout, giving a teammate an RBI opportunity, to Jose Reyes selfishly trying to get home in the ninth for an inside-the-parker to complete his cycle, and being easily thrown out. I know who is the better team player.
With all of the discussion about blogs vs. the old media lately, we don't do ourselves any favors when we write this sort of biased drivel. It would make sense if Reyes ran through the coach's stop sign, but that was clearly not the case. I understand that the animated Reyes is the type of player who goes against the grain when he's playing against your team, particularly when he is having a great game. Still, that's just silly, and gives bloggers a black eye.
Nice comeback for John Maine managing to complete 6 innings. He really hasn't been on top of his game all year, but hasn't allowed more than 2 earned runs since his first start of the season.