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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weekend Sweep

Nice job of snapping out of a month long funk by the Metropolitans - who swept their tilt with the A's this weekend.

Dominant pitching was the key to the series. Glavine pitched a gem Friday night - lasting into the ninth to pick up win number 296 and turn around a few horrid performances. El Duque held the A's scoreless in his seven innings Saturday (the Mets eventually won on a terribly played David Wright double in the bottom of the ninth) and John Maine went seven very solid innings today hold down a 10-2 win.

It should be noted that for all the talk that Maine came back down to Earth after his lights out start - he's 8-4 with a 2.87 era. His 8 wins rank behind only a hand full of pitchers (Cole Hamels currently leads the NL with 9) and his 2.87 era is 4th best in the National League making Maine...well making Maine an All Star. Whether he makes it or not remains to be seen, but the numbers bear out that he deserves it more than any other Met starter.

The Mets can save a terrible month if they finish June strong. They have four at home against a struggling St. Louis team followed by three on the road against Philly (virtually home games based on the number of Met fans who make the trip). If the Mets can go 5-2, then along with the A's sweep they can turn around a dreadful period.

- Rumor had it that the 2007 NHL draft took place this past Saturday. or maybe it was Friday night. Either way, the New York Times devoted about 16 lines to the entire thing. It seems the Rangers took a Russian winger named Alexei, apparently thinking this was 1994. But in all seriousness, supposedly this dude broke Pavel Bure's Russian junior scoring records. And we all know how well Bure worked out for the Rangers. Just a double whammy all the way around.


  • Agreed that the Mets nexr 7 games are important. They can't afford to lose 3 of 4 to the Phillies.

    Your comment about the Rangers is foolish. I don't comment about Lost; you shouldn't comment about hockey.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:52 AM  

  • Hehe - It's possible, Joe that the ONLY reason I comment about hockey is to push your buttons. Though it should be noted that some guy at SI.com said this kid is the absolute steal of the draft and only fell because (i) its going to cost a lot to pry him away from his Russian team (Rangers don't care about money) and he has conditioning issues, ergo he has a poor work ethic

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:37 PM  

  • Exactly, most commentators say he's steal of the draft. It isn't going to cost a lot to pry him away (he can come to U.S. for 2008-09 season). He has pretty good numbers for a kid with a poor work ethic.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:39 PM  

  • Well at the lower, junior levels, it's easier to "skate" by (pun intended) on sheer talent (which clearly this guy has in spades). When you get to the big leagues and everyone has talent (except, maybe Darius Kasperaitus) you need to be more committed.

    On a side note, what did you make of Delgado asking for a day off?

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:43 PM  

  • Delgado seems to have the same problem as me - lack of sleep due to young child up all night.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 1:39 PM  

  • Which would make more sense if Delgado's wife and child weren't living in Latin America.

    Though I am suffering from that same afliction. my one year old decided she doesn't like tio sleep through the night anymore and dhe takes her older brother along for the ride.

    By Blogger Elster, at 2:59 PM  

  • I believe Delgado brought his child to yesterday's game, so I assume he was with his child prior to his awful performance on Sat night.

    Neither of my children sleeps through the night, and my 7 month old now wakes up every 45 minutes.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 3:06 PM  

  • Every 45 minutes????

    By Blogger Elster, at 4:55 PM  

  • Last night from 2:30 on he didn't sleep for more than 45 minutes. Same thing Sat night.

    Also he's 6 months old, not 7 months; I'm too tired to remember.

    Best part is I'm preparing for a big trial.

    At least Mets are still in first.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 6:15 PM  

  • What the hell has this blog become??

    By Anonymous Sara, at 9:05 PM  

  • A two man debate/discussion. All of Elster's readers left when he decided to write about sports.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:55 AM  

  • I know they did. I see them roaming the streets, at a loss of what to do with themselves now that sports are king.

    But baby stories? Even I, your most faithful reader, have nothing to contribute.

    Wait till I tell the other former-readers.

    By Anonymous sara, at 12:32 PM  

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