Are we sure they’re not still playing? Are we sure the Mets have finally beaten the Diamondbacks once and for all? I left while the game was 3-0. I listened to the game on the radio, while I drove to my destination, which was about an hour away. By the time I walked into my friend’s door, it was 7-0. The Mets would make it 11-0 within five minutes of me being in his house. Yeah, this was an ass-kicking.
One player who wasn’t dominant, though, was Pedro Martinez. Ever since he had that eight inning, no runs, no decision game against the Diamondbacks, he’s been struggling a little bit. Not a lot, but just enough to be noticable. I understand why he was taken out after five innings today; at that point, the Mets led 13-1, he had thrown 91 pitches, and there was no point risking the ace getting hurt. I’m sure he doesn’t mind the abbreviated start. Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t see warning signs pointing to trouble with Pedro. I’m just a little worried.
But that’s the only negative. The offense exploded this series, beating up Diamondback pitching every single game. Even Brandon Webb had a very non-Brandon Webb game yesterday. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, Russ Ortiz had a very Russ Ortiz game today. Seven runs on seven hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. Only five of the runs were earned, but still, that’s pretty lousy. You know, when the Diamondbacks signed Russ Ortiz to a four year deal in the offseason after the 2004 season, pretty much everybody in the world knew it would come back to bite them. Still, I don’t think anybody expected 0-5 with a 7.54 ERA this year. And the guy who would be in line to replace him, Kevin Jarvis, probably pitched worse.
But that’s the Diamondbacks’ problem. The Mets’ hitting feasted on them today. Carlos Beltran…2 for 4, with 3 runs and 4 RBIs. Yeah, anybody who still doesn’t think he’s worth the money needs to shut the hell up. Carlos Delgado punctuated the end of his slump with a 3 for 4 day, hitting two doubles and driving in three runs of his own. The only Mets starter without a hit was Jose Reyes, and he walked three times (!) and scored twice. You just can’t say enough about how well the offense was. Actually, I don’t need to say anything; fifteen runs says it all.
The Mets are now 6-1 on this road trip, after completing their first sweep since the first week in April. This road trip, which was supposed to be a really tough one, with games against two second place teams and a first place team, and so far, it’s been a laugher. I can’t remember ever having a West Coast trip where the Mets came back 6-1. I was hoping for an over .500 road trip. At this point, they’re playing with house money in Philly this week. I’d still like to see them take two games, though. Going seven or more games up on the Phillies would definitely feel good right about now. After tomorrow’s day off, they’ll face Ryan Madson on Tuesday, with the Mets sending Tom Glavine to the mound. Madson, you may recall, pitched seven innings of scoreless relief, before finally giving up a Carlos Beltran solo home run in the bottom of the fifteenth to give the Mets the win about a month ago. Hopefully, the Mets will get to him far earlier Tuesday night.