Sunday, April 18, 2004


The Mets are finding ways to waste solid pitching performances. Friday the Mets sorry excuse for a bullpen blew what was perhaps Tom Glavine's best outing as a Met. Yesterday, as Steve Trachsel was pitching his heart out going eight innings and only allowing two earned runs, the Mets batters were busy getting shut down by Oliver Perez and his stellar 4.67 career ERA. Perez picked up the win in the Pirates 2 to 1 victory over the Mets to go up 2 games to none in this three game series. If Perez wasn't whiffing Mets batters, they were looking foolish against the dominating arms of Brian Meadows (career 5.21 ERA), Mike Johnston (3.2 major league innings pitched), Saloman Torres (5.27 career ERA) and Jose Mesa (the walking embodiment of why the save is overrated). Over the last 20 1/3 innings, New York starters have allowed only two earned runs while the offense, which is obviously missing Cliff Floyd and Jose Reyes, has provided the starters with only five runs over that stretch.

The Mets send sophomore Jae Weong Seo out to the mound today to prevent a sweep. The Mets need Seo to check his 7.48 spring training ERA at the dugout steps and take his 2003 3.83 ERA out to the mound with him. The Mets hitters have to get their act in gear against Pirates RHP Kris Benson (1-0, 2.45). Benson has gotten off to a good start this year, much like he did last year when he started the season 3 and 0 and posted a 2.90 ERA in his first six starts. While Benson's ERA after his first two starts is solid, Mets hitters would serve themselves well to show off their new found patience at the plate as Benson walked 3 batters his first start and 4 batters his last outing.
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