Since You’ve Been Gone

Carlos Delgado must have been allergic to Willie Randolph because since Willie got canned, Delgado is playing MVP calibur baseball.

It was Delgado’s 2 run HR in the 8th off the pitcher that used to be Eric Gagne that gave the Mets a 3-2 lead and put the Mets ahead for good,  The Mets won the opening game of the potential playoff series in Milwaukee by a score of 4-2.

Delgado has clearly shaken his case of the Willies and now has 95 RBIs and leads the Mets with 31 HRs.  He clearly has to be a part of any NL MVP discussions.

Delgado’s late heroics enabled the Mets to cover up what had been a somewhat dismal overall performance to that point.

Jose Reyes started the game off with a hustling double.  The next batter, Daniel Murphy, foolishly tried to bunt and managed to pop out to the catcher.  With David Wright at the plate, Reyes then got thrown out trying to steal third.

In the bottom of the first, Murphy mistplaced a ball hit down the LF line by J.J. Hardy. The ball bounced off his glove, then he fell done trying to retrieve it.  The end result was a triple that was driven in by the next batter, Ryan Braun, for the game’s first run.

Johan Santana was the starter for the Mets and had nearly a great day on the mound–he struck out 10, walked 1, while giving up 2 runs (1 on a balk) over 6 innings.  The Brewers managed to work him for 105 pitches and thus he left the game prematurely and ended up with his 10th no decision of the season.

Santana is 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA since his last loss on June 28.

It should be noted that the final run of the 8th was scored by Carlos Beltran who may have injured his knee on the play when he slid into home plate umpire Ed Rapuano.  Beltran remained in the game for the following half inning in the field but asked to be removed when he returned to the dugout because he “did not feel stable.”

I’m sure we will hear about what percentage Beltran’s knee feels injured before too long.

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