— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on April 30 at 10:28PM
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Seaver Gate hits eight.

Since the Mets christened Citi Field's gates for Tom Seaver and Gil Hodges, the Mets have gone 8-0.

And tonight's win was especially sweet, as we beat the Phillies in their stadium to start a three-game series.

Yes, you could say big deal, some of their best players (Rollins) are hurt and Lidge is just coming off the DL. But you know what? Tough luck. No one gave us any slack last year when our whole team went on the DL. Heck, we didn't give ourselves any slack. So we don't want to hear it now.

Niese pitched a great game to get his first win of the year. He retired 14 in a row at one point. But the big news of the game was the home runs. Wright, Francoeur and Barajas (who had two for the second time this season). And the defense was spectacular. Francoeur and Bay both made great catches at the wall to help stifle a potential Phils rally in the 2nd.

Tomorrow's game should be alot of fun. Pelfrey vs. Halladay at 3:00. I'll be listening in while doing yard work after a morning of my kid's soccer, t-ball and little league. Then it's the Kentucky Derby (Go American Lion; Go Super Saver).

And so the Mets end April with a 14-9 record. I would never have predicted this. In fact, on Opening Day, I would have considered .500 a stunning accomplishment. I gotta hand it to this team and yes, even Jerry Manuel. Way to start the season, boys.

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