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   1. Bob Koo Posted: September 02, 2006 at 10:47 PM (#2165981)
Floyd's back in LF, batting 6th. Chavez playing right, leading off. Reyes gets the day off, and Ipor makes his triumphant return.
   2. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:10 PM (#2165991)
Is it true the Mets called up Humber? Adam Rubin said they did.
   3. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:28 PM (#2166001)
Floyd looks as good as he did in April, which is to say he looks like shite.
   4. Sam M. Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:37 PM (#2166004)
Phillies' loss in Game 1 of their DH has the magic number down to 13.
   5. HowardMegdal Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:43 PM (#2166006)
I have tix next Tuesday and Friday. Any chance I see them clinch? Not tuesday, but is it possible? Need a big Philly slide, I assume. I can go Sunday, but Sat is out.
   6. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2166007)
Maine is so much better than Trachsel its not even close.
   7. Sam M. Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:47 PM (#2166008)
Any chance I see them clinch?

Theoretically, the number could go down to 11 tonight, then 9 tomorrow.

Then the Mets play Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Win all those, and that could knock it down to 5. The Phillies also play each of those days -- four losses could have the number down to 1 by Friday. So, theoretically, there are enough games between now and then that we could clinch the division on Friday.

But don't count on it.
   8. Sam M. Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:50 PM (#2166009)
Maine is so much better than Trachsel its not even close.

Are you as confident you can say the same thing about El Duque?
   9. Chris Dial Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:52 PM (#2166011)
Back to back singles. Delgado - get one!
   10. Sam M. Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:53 PM (#2166013)
Good baserunning by LoDuca.
   11. HowardMegdal Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:55 PM (#2166015)
Apparently, it wasn't all the games wearing down Paul in the second half- it was his wife.
   12. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:56 PM (#2166016)
Are you as confident you can say the same thing about El Duque?

El Duque can be better than both. The problem is that he can also be worse. But yeah, I'd take the chance with Orlando over Trachsel.
   13. Sam M. Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:57 PM (#2166017)
Biggio with Big E Oh! Thanks, Craig!
   14. HowardMegdal Posted: September 02, 2006 at 11:59 PM (#2166018)
"But don't count on it."

In 1986, the Mets came to Philly with a magic number of one. I was six years old, and lived 20 minutes from the Vet. My father got tickets for Friday and Sunday, and as most of you know, the Mets got swept. I assume they will clinch this year either on Saturday or on the road- I'm just not destined to see it.
   15. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:00 AM (#2166019)
Floyd does the job. Excellent.
   16. Chris Dial Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:03 AM (#2166021)
We can clinch around the 15th? Earlier? Oh, that'd be sweet.
   17. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:04 AM (#2166022)
Actually, I wouldn't be shocked if it takes until the Florida series that starts at home on the 18th. More likely, though, the series right before that, in Pittsburgh.
   18. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:07 AM (#2166024)
It was 9/17 in 1986. I'd love to see them beat that, though if they come back to Shea, I'll be thrilled.
   19. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:10 AM (#2166028)
Endy Chavez: Great defensive outfielder, or the greatest defensive outfielder?
   20. Bob Koo Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:14 AM (#2166030)
Ipor announces his return to the big leagues with his patented swinging bunt.
   21. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:16 AM (#2166033)
It was 9/17 in 1986. I'd love to see them beat that,

Me? I'd rather they just win their post-season series a little more easily than the 86ers did. I'm not sure my 45 year old heart can take what my 25 year old heart could . . . .
   22. Chris Dial Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:16 AM (#2166034)
I would love to see them beat 9/17. It's terribly enjoyable.
   23. Doug_Simons_Says Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:19 AM (#2166035)
stupid ####### crawford boxes
   24. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:19 AM (#2166036)
Geez, that's just a ridiculous home run. Berkman is silly strong to be able to hit that ball out.
   25. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:20 AM (#2166037)
Maine needs to stop challenging guys who can take him deep like Pujols or Berkman.
   26. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:22 AM (#2166038)
Maine needs to stop challenging guys who can take him deep like Pujols or Berkman.

I don't know, OFF. Berkman hit that ball to the opposite field, and I'm not sure that ball wasn't off the plate away. If it got the plate, it was just barely. I think you just have to shake your head and credit Berkman (and curse the bandbox park a bit, too).
   27. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:27 AM (#2166041)
The announcers are right- that's not a home run anywhere else in the NL. It will be very frustrating, though still okay with me, if he now finishes with a one-hitter.
   28. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:30 AM (#2166044)
OK, Carlos # 2. Take advantage!
   29. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:33 AM (#2166045)
I'm glad for the WP, but boy I hope that doesn't end up costing David an RBI . . . .
   30. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:34 AM (#2166047)
I guess we'll never know if David will have gotten an RBI (or three) there, huh?
   31. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:37 AM (#2166050)
I guess we won't, I guess we won't'.

Sam, how many points will you give for tomorrow night's game?
   32. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:40 AM (#2166052)
Sam, how many points will you give for tomorrow night's game?

Zero. That game scares me to death. In fact, if Brooks had been smart enough to start Pulley instead of Woodson, I think UK would have a decent chance to win. But Woodson won't move around enough to threaten Louisville, and now I think the Cards should win. But an upset is not out of the question. It's a definite trap game for us.
   33. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:42 AM (#2166053)
The important thing is, Rutgers is still undefeated!
   34. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:43 AM (#2166054)
Louisville will win, but I don't think they'll cover. UK is actually pretty good against the spread.

My slow, stocky makeup hides the fact my father was a defensive back for UK, 1965-68. I have grown up on a lot of bad, bad football.
   35. Chris in Wicker Park Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:44 AM (#2166055)
I was tempted to take Rutgers and the points today. Big win for Rutgers.
   36. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:44 AM (#2166057)
Swinging at that 2-0 pitch was awful. Awful.
   37. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:50 AM (#2166059)
It sure doesn't look like the magic number is going to get down to 11 tonight. Phillies with an 11-3 lead on Atlanta in Game 2.
   38. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:52 AM (#2166062)
If Syracuse and Pitt can beat Wake and UVA tonight, that would make for a HUGE day for the Big East, after Rutgers' win. Syracuse is tied with Wake right now, 10-10, and Pitt leads Virginia 17-10 at the half.
   39. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 12:54 AM (#2166063)
Unless the ACC is just terrible this year.
I don't really know what to make of a world where the Mets are up 16.5 games and Rutgers, coming off of a bowl game, wins on the road at North Carolina. What's next, dogs walking people?
   40. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:02 AM (#2166065)
Unless the ACC is just terrible this year.

Doesn't matter. Even if it is, the key for the Big East is to erase the perception that it's the worst and somehow undeserving of its BCS status. Earning some ACC scalps would be huge.
   41. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:04 AM (#2166066)
I don't want to play Houston, not so much because of the starting pitching, but because of the silly ballpark and the moronic fans that insist on booing/cheering Beltran incessantly. Completely asinine.
   42. Bob Koo Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:04 AM (#2166067)
Huff looked terribly uncomfortable vs. Feliciano.
   43. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:06 AM (#2166068)
Valentin sure is spry...
   44. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:07 AM (#2166069)
Oh, what pretty stuff! Now it's up to the Heilman/Wagner combo, presumably.
   45. Free Rob Base Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:12 AM (#2166071)
Did not realize we had Rutgers fans too (I'm class of '91). Just got back from dinner and told my wife I should have bet everything on today's game. I knew they would win. Coincidentally I got my JD from UNC.
   46. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:17 AM (#2166073)
Delgado bails DW out on the sailing throw . . . .
   47. Bob Koo Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:18 AM (#2166074)
How can you let Everett AND Ausmus hit when you're down by one run in the late innings?
   48. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:19 AM (#2166075)
How can you let Everett AND Ausmus hit when you're down by one run in the late innings?

You're Phil Garner. There is no explanation for the way you do the things you do . . . .
   49. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:21 AM (#2166076)
I am immensely enjoying the struggles of Notre Dame and Brady Quinn thus far. GT 7, ND 0, 2nd quarter. Nothing would please me more than the early end of his Heisman candidacy and the farce of Notre Dame as a national title contender.
   50. Chris Dial Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:24 AM (#2166078)
I'm enjoying that too Sam.

And great inning from Heilman.
   51. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:26 AM (#2166079)
For all the legit criticisms of Heilman's attitude towards being kept in the pen, you have to give him solid credit for stepping up since Sanchez's injury. He's been very, very solid in the 8th inning since then.
   52. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:30 AM (#2166080)
Big, big, big!!!! Welcome back, Cliff!
   53. E., Hinske Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:32 AM (#2166081)
I'm watching on FSN Texas, or whatever the hell, and the announcers apparently don't realize that they aren't going to commercials AND they're leaving their mikes on - anyony else getting this?
   54. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:32 AM (#2166082)
IPOR is as much a major league hitter as I am an NFL linebacker.
   55. Chris Dial Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:36 AM (#2166084)
There's the possibility that Heilman doesn't mind being the primary setup guy, but he didn't want to be the 7th inning guy.
   56. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:37 AM (#2166085)
IPOR is as much a major league hitter as I am an NFL linebacker.

Well, if IPOR is a major league hitter, I'm an NBA center.
   57. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:43 AM (#2166086)
Come on, Billy. Lane couldn't hit your fastball, and you throw a terrible 3-2 slider???
   58. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:46 AM (#2166088)
BELTRAN!!!!!!! Take that, Houston fans!!!!
   59. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:46 AM (#2166089)
BELTRAN BIATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   60. E., Hinske Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:46 AM (#2166090)
Well this is a concerning development. Nice play by Beltran though.
   61. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:47 AM (#2166091)
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   62. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:47 AM (#2166092)
uh oh . . . . PLEASE be OK, Carlos. PLEASE.
   63. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:48 AM (#2166093)
DAMN NO DAMN NO DAMN NO. #### FUCK #### FUCK ####.
   64. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:48 AM (#2166094)
I'm thinking sprain. I'm PRAYING sprain.
   65. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:49 AM (#2166095)
If they were really worried, they wouldn't let him be walking off, I suspect. I'm choosing to be optimistic.
   66. E., Hinske Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:49 AM (#2166096)
Based on my years of watching guys leave the ice after banging up their knees playing hockey, I'd say he's fine.
   67. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:50 AM (#2166097)
I have a feeling that play -- and the resulting applause -- may have lanced the boil between Houston fans and Beltran.
   68. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:51 AM (#2166098)
He's walking on his own.
   69. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2166099)
That wasn't much of an AB by Burke. I just hope that was NOT a costly win . . . .

Magic number: Joe Namath.
   70. E., Hinske Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2166100)
Nah. I'm sure that they'll boo the #### out of him once it's clear that he's ok. I would anyway.
   71. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:54 AM (#2166101)
I'm assuming he's fine. For my own sanity, I'm assuming he's fine. By the way- best catch of the year for the Mets?
   72. I Love LA (OFF) Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:54 AM (#2166102)
Please Beltran, be okay. The Mets should shut him down the entire team from here til Sept. 30th. Play the Tides.
   73. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:54 AM (#2166103)
Let's see . . . season-high 34 games over .500. 16.5 game lead (if the Phillies end up beating the Marlins) -- also a season-high. Two games from knocking out the Nats for our first eliminaton.

"Woot" is -- I believe -- the term?
   74. Bob Koo Posted: September 03, 2006 at 01:57 AM (#2166106)
Mets are now 8-0 since the break when Maine starts. Screw Trachsel, Maine is where it's at.
   75. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 02:02 AM (#2166108)
Screw Trachsel, Maine is where it's at.

Honestly, I just don't think that's the issue (or at least I don't think it should be). The real issue should be Trachsel v. El Duque for the fourth spot; Maine should have the third slot locked up. Do you want the fairly reliable mediocrity of Trachsel, or the boom/bust of El Duque? To me, the answer might well be that in the NL play-offs -- where we can beat the bums with reliably mediocre pitching -- go with Trachsel (El Duque in the pen). But in the Series, roll the dice, and take the chance on getting a brilliant effort from El Duque -- because Trachsel just won't be able to get out the line-ups he's likely to have to face. Especially not if it's the Yankees or the White Sox. Twins, A's, or Tigers? Maybe a different story.
   76. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 02:45 AM (#2166121)
Glad to see you've found religion on the true ace of the Mets, Sam. I hope the Mets feel the same way you do on all of it.
   77. Sam M. Posted: September 03, 2006 at 03:06 AM (#2166130)
Glad to see you've found religion on the true ace of the Mets, Sam.

Let's not go overboard. Fella named Pedro is still the true ace. Nobody ever traded Pedro for Anna's husband.
   78. Banta Posted: September 03, 2006 at 03:30 AM (#2166144)
Sam's post #75 is spot on. That's exactly how I would run it.

I've been impressed with Maine and I think he should be the third starter in the playoffs, but that's only because the Mets don't have anyone better. Frankly, I'm a bit worried about how he'll fare facing AL lineups - he's somewhat tateriffic. That's why I still don't think he's much more than a fourth starter, although next year, that will be probably exactly what he's counted on to be.
   79. Banta Posted: September 03, 2006 at 03:32 AM (#2166146)
It's funny, before the season started, I thought that the Mets rotation was basically dual aces and a bunch of fifth starters... the names may have changed since then, but that's essentially what they have.
   80. HowardMegdal Posted: September 03, 2006 at 03:55 AM (#2166165)
"Let's not go overboard. Fella named Pedro is still the true ace. Nobody ever traded Pedro for Anna's husband."

Agreed- just exuberance talking. Though I did see Anna's husband homer off of True Ace this year.

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