The Mets batters are starting to do a couple things right and that’s bad news for the NL.
They are finally showing some patience at the plate. Friday they earned 11 walks in a 6–2 victory over the Cubs.
Even with all the help, the game was still tied 2–2 until the 9th, when the Mets took the lead. Delgado, who had walked 4 times previously, finally got to swing the bat with Wright on first. Carlos drove him home and ended up at third after an ill-advised throw to the plate. The Mets then scored three runs with two outs.
That’s also a good sign. Before this road trip, the Mets had one of the worst averages hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs. But a few two-out rallies in Milwaukee and one this afternoon are good signs.
Unfortunately, Met hitters also left 14 runners on base Friday. But we can’t complain, considering the makeshift lineup. Newhan in left for (surprise) an injured Moises Alou. Marlon Anderson in center again. Gotay at 2nd, after Castillo was a late scratch. And Castro starting at catcher again.
Cubs ace Victor Zambrano was wild today, giving up seven of those walks before leaving with heat-related cramps in the 6th.
Even better news: The Phillies lost 2–1 to the Brewers and Atlanta got beat on by the Rockies 9–2. The Mets are now 5 games up on the Phils, 5.5 on the Braves.
Meanwhile the Cubs have fallen a game out of first. Time for another dugout brawl? Worked last time and it may have worked for the Brewers yesterday.
Saturday night: Maine vs. Lilly.