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   101. Chris Dial Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:22 AM (#2064292)
Is the tarp off the field?
   102. Chris Dial Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:22 AM (#2064295)
And the TV answers in the affirmative.
   103. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:24 AM (#2064302)
Yes, even Mother Nature is turning a favoring eye towards the Mets.
   104. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:25 AM (#2064303)
Ahhh... El Duque is out... Darren Oliver is in.

HR Derby time.
   105. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:34 AM (#2064317)
Emad, I'm surprised at the lack of faith in Kool-Aid Oliver.
   106. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:35 AM (#2064320)
Manuel gets run!

And nice work from Oliver!
   107. Free Rob Base Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:37 AM (#2064323)
Who has been more surprising this year, Oliver, Chavez or Valentin? All three really have been unbelievable. I think I would choose Chavez as the most surprising.
   108. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:38 AM (#2064326)
No! Manuel is one of the few managers in the game where I *want* him to stay in. This helps the Phils immensely.
   109. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:38 AM (#2064328)
Who has been more surprising this year, Oliver, Chavez or Valentin?

Oliver. I figured he'd be completly worthless.
   110. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:39 AM (#2064329)
steve, I think it is Darren Oliver.
   111. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:40 AM (#2064330)
Emad, I'm surprised at the lack of faith in Kool-Aid Oliver.
He's done more than I could've expected, but the convergence of Oliver's HR rate, the Phillies' powerful lineup and a ludicrous bandbox don't inspire much confidence.

Just sayin'
   112. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:40 AM (#2064332)
I would like to see Milledge draw a walk .. soon., please.
   113. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:41 AM (#2064333)
Haha Utley!
   114. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:42 AM (#2064335)
Chris Ray just game up a 2-Run Homer to Wes Helms. Marlins with 3-Runs in the 8th. 5-5.
   115. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:43 AM (#2064337)
Are the Phillies using 19th century style gloves this series?
   116. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:43 AM (#2064340)
Yeah, but Oliver shut down the Phils in that classic extra inning game. He also seems to match up well against those Phillie lefties. Solid choice by Willie, IMO.
   117. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:44 AM (#2064341)
It's definitely Oliver. He got crushed in the minors last year.
   118. Banta Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:48 AM (#2064352)
I agree with Oliver being the most surprising. I think Endy is the least surprising of the three. I mean, he's in his peak and he's not doing anything THAT out of line with what he's done before. It's just that he really sucked last year for some reason.
   119. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:51 AM (#2064360)
BTW, as mentioned multiple times already, Manuel stacking his three lefties together is one of the dumber things a manager can do.
   120. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:54 AM (#2064365)
Bobby Abreu is so good.
   121. Srul Itza Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:55 AM (#2064367)
Two on, two out, Ryan Howard at the plate -- isn't this when we would expect Oliver to serve up a gopher ball?
   122. Srul Itza Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:55 AM (#2064368)
Or not.
   123. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:55 AM (#2064369)
Darren Oliver v.2006 rocks.
   124. Free Rob Base Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:58 AM (#2064373)
Just looking up Chavez of B-Ball reference. This is Chavez's fourth stint in the Mets organization. I had no idea. His ops+ career is 67 -- so this year is a significant improvement. FWIW, Oliver's career ERA+ is 93.
   125. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:58 AM (#2064374)
I have to admit, I haven't seen Oliver much this year. Does he use that cut fastball a lot now?
   126. Banta Posted: June 15, 2006 at 01:59 AM (#2064376)
That was quite a throw.
   127. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:00 AM (#2064377)
The thing that has surprised me the most about Chavez is his power. If he can continue to put up these XBHs, he is deserving of a starting role - here or elsewhere.
   128. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:00 AM (#2064379)
Maybe Lo Duca can ask for Coste for some pointers on throwing runners out.
   129. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:05 AM (#2064383)
I don't want to jinx it, but maybe our young SS is starting to put it all together.
   130. Chris Dial Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:11 AM (#2064391)
Put him in the book, Darren!
   131. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:12 AM (#2064393)
Man, I thought Endy might actually pull that off.
   132. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:16 AM (#2064397)
If Chavez can put up a .800 OPS consistently, I'd think about making him the regular RFer.
   133. Chris Dial Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:20 AM (#2064406)
Chavez cannot.
   134. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:20 AM (#2064407)
This lineup is a work of art, hitters at every spot.
   135. Free Rob Base Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:21 AM (#2064409)
Everyone but Milledge (and the pitcher) has an extra base hit tonight for the Mets.
   136. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:22 AM (#2064411)
You can put up another BB in Milledge's cap.
   137. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:24 AM (#2064413)
Father Time!

Damn. Milledge can't get in.
   138. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:25 AM (#2064417)
Old Man Franco. I love this team!
   139. Bob Koo Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:26 AM (#2064421)
What the heck is wrong with Milledge? That's just really stupid.
   140. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:27 AM (#2064422)
If the Mets should somehow lose 9-8, Milledge will be roasted, toasted and burnt to a crisp.
   141. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:27 AM (#2064423)
That was some pretty awful baserunning by Milledge. Abreu looks terrible going back on the ball.
   142. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:29 AM (#2064426)
That was some pretty awful baserunning by Milledge. Abreu looks terrible going back on the ball.
   143. Banta Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:30 AM (#2064428)
Feliciano is awesome.
   144. Bob Koo Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:30 AM (#2064429)
That 0-2 curveball to Utley was sweet. Feliciano rocks.
   145. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:30 AM (#2064430)
Pedro Feliciano is so money this season.
   146. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#2064432)
This has to be so discouraging for the Phillies. You send your ace to the mound, and you're getting taken down by the #5 starter and Reliever #5 and #6 from your main rivals.
   147. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#2064433)
Honestly, the only thing I can think of regarding Milledge is that he thought that Abreu was going to make that catch.
   148. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:33 AM (#2064436)
Reyes!
   149. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:33 AM (#2064438)
I've never seen Willie so pissed. That's not hyperbole.
   150. Free Rob Base Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:35 AM (#2064439)
Reyes is unstoppable right now.
   151. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:35 AM (#2064440)
The Braves lost. I think they are done. Their bullpen is a radioactive.
   152. Banta Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:35 AM (#2064441)
I'm glad that Willie's pissed. There's no excuse for Lastings in that situation.
   153. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:37 AM (#2064443)
Carlos Beltan is awesome.
   154. Free Rob Base Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:37 AM (#2064444)
Wow -- just wow. Never seen an offense this hot before.
   155. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:38 AM (#2064446)
Their bullpen is a radioactive.
Is it possible for someone to find the worst bullpen ERA's of all-time and compare them with this Braves pen?
   156. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:39 AM (#2064448)
That's a couple of disturbing hot dog mistakes by Milledge now. I'm glad that Willie and the veterans can talk to him about it.
   157. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:40 AM (#2064449)
I guess it's unreasonable to expect Wright to get a hit every time he comes up.
   158. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:43 AM (#2064453)
Is it possible for someone to find the worst bullpen ERA's of all-time and compare them with this Braves pen?


I'm surprised by Schuerholz with this one. He's too smart to have left the bullpen dependent on so many question marks this year. He fell asleep on the wheel this year.
   159. Bob Koo Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:45 AM (#2064457)
I don't like using Feliciano for a second inning here for a second straight game. Now he won't be available tomorrow. Why not use Bell here?
   160. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:45 AM (#2064458)
The ironic thing is, after years of seeing the Mets trot out yahoos for their LOOGY role, we now have 3 effective lefties in Oliver, Fel, and Wag. And it looks like Royce Ring down in AAA could help us, if we needed him.
   161. Bob Koo Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:47 AM (#2064462)
Feliciano is awesome, though.
   162. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:47 AM (#2064463)
Those were 2 awfully impressive innings by Pedro II.
   163. Chris Dial Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:48 AM (#2064464)
Good call there, Bob...

I like Feliciano for a third inning myself. He probably won't go in a day game tomorrow anyway.
   164. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:49 AM (#2064465)
He fell asleep on the wheel this year.
Wilson Betemit is slugging over .500, yet they keep throwing Brian Jordan out there at first. It boggles the mind.
   165. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 02:53 AM (#2064473)
The scary thing is - the Mets put up 9 runs tonight, and they could easily have had a few more.
   166. Joshemy Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:02 AM (#2064484)
Happy recap!
   167. Bob Koo Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:02 AM (#2064483)
Put it in the books! This team can't be stopped right now.
   168. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:03 AM (#2064486)
If Heath Bell can do what he's doing tonight consistently - get ahead of the hitters, trust his stuff - he'll put up good numbers.
   169. Raskolnikov Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:06 AM (#2064491)
Scary item #2 - I would make the case that our 3rd best starter and 2nd best reliever pitched today and were effective. For AA. If everything goes well, I could see Pelfrey and Owens joining Pedro/Glavine/Wags in powering the staff deep into October.
   170. Orange & Blue Velvet Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:15 AM (#2064502)
I can definitely see Pelfrey, Owens and perhaps even Royce Ring get a look in September.
   171. villainx Posted: June 15, 2006 at 03:35 AM (#2064517)
For someone who just got home, what was Milledge hot dog thing?
   172. Sam M. Posted: June 15, 2006 at 06:39 AM (#2064587)
Re. Milledge and the baserunning faux pas, from the NY Times game story:

After Lastings Milledge slowed twice while trying to score from first on Julio Franco's seventh-inning double, Willie Randolph pulled him aside in the dugout and expressed his displeasure. "I thought he was spectating a little bit," Randolph said. Asked if he thought he should have scored, Milledge replied, "I could have, should have, didn't, but we won the game, so it doesn't matter."

Bad answer, Lastings. It matters whether a player runs hard on the bases, win or lose. It especially matters whether a rookie who wants to stay in the majors (and if not stay, get back as quickly as possible) runs hard on the bases. Win or lose.

Missed the end of the game, and I'm really glad I missed this play.
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