— Days Without Shea —

Shea Stadium and Citi Field
We were in Loge13 last night as the Mets pounded on the Astros 9-1. Pelfrey pitched another complete game and Delgado hit two three-run home runs, including one to (gasp) left field. I take it back - MLB does need instant replay because I did not believe my eyes when Carlos put one over the fence in left.

It was a beautiful night at Shea Stadium, now blessed with only 33 days of regular season life. Lee Mazzilli flipped the remaining home game number to 16 (naturally).

Meanwhile, I got to spend quality time with Mater Kingman (a.k.a. my mom). The U.S. Open just started so the usual chaos reigns around Shea. My mom drove to Shea early. She said at the parking lot entrance, they are splitting the car line. If you are parking for tennis, they do a sweep and search underneath the car. If you are  attending the Met game, they just let you drive in. Are Met fans this trustworthy or can New York only marshall enough forces to defend one Queens stadium?

Pelfrey was masterful for the second time in a row. He walked no one and rarely went deep in the count. Luis Castillo is also now back in the lineup, which wasn't welcome. He did make a few nice plays on defense but it'd be nice if Manuel sat Castillo regularly and gave Reyes some playing time. It will keep both guys sharp and keep Luis from getting complacent.

The Mets are now off for an eight game road trip, starting with two huge games against the Phillies. Martinez and Moyer tonight. This will be fun.



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