Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mets 3 Cincinnati 2

The Mets started the post-All Star break with a win over the hapless Cincinnati Reds, 3-2. Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay hit back to back home runs to open the Mets 1st inning and helped El Duque win his 5th game of the year. The bullpen once again pitched almost flawlessly: Smith, Feliciano and Wagner.
Of course the story today was the firing of Rick Down as Mets hitting coach and the releasing of Julio Franco.
The Mets are set to bring on Ricky Henderson in an as of yet announced coaching role.
I'm glad that Omar finally decided that this team couldn't have a player taking up a spot the way Franco was. Let another club pick him up for this egocentrics pursuit of playing until the age of 50--but beware, he's playing like a 48 year old.
Still glaring is the Mets inability to get the 2 out base hit and to help put away the other team. In the 8th, with bases loaded and 2 outs, Milledge grounded to third base. Not putting blame on him, as he had a good game-full of hustle and good outfield play, but this team has to develop that killer instinct they had last year if they're going to get anywhere via the post season.

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