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April 3

Recap and Highlights

Opening Day. The Mets played host to the Washington Nationals. The starting pitchers were Tom Glavine (0-0) and Livan Hernandez(0-0), and the misty Shea weather did not delay the start of the game. However, a television snafu left a lot of fans at home unable to watch the game. The game was supposed to be broadcast on ESPN and SNY, but ESPN's blackout radius was apparently larger than SNY's coverage zone. Further, SNY apparently neglected to realize that it had priority, and began airing a classic game from Mets history, instead of Opening Day.

Glavine got into trouble in the second inning, giving up back-to-back walks to Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Zimmerman after retiring Nick Johnson on a full-count ground out. Luckily for the Mets, light-hitting Royce Clayton struck out on four pitches, bringing #8 hitter Brian Schneider to the plate. Glavine quickly fell behind, 3-1, but on a 3-2 pitch, got Schneider to ground softly to catcher Paul Lo Duca. The Nats both failed to score any runs and to clear the pitcher's spot in the batting order.

In the top of the third, Livan Hernandez gets the first hit of the game—and the first of the season against the Mets.

The Mets got their first hit of the season when Xavier Nady made his Mets debut with a single in the bottom of the third. He advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Anderson Hernandez, and then to third when Glavine singled to left. Jose Reyes, first pitch swinging, lined out, but Nady scored off of a single by Lo Duca (Glavine to second). Carlos Beltran grounded out to Clayton to end the inning.

In the top of the 4th, Glavine was again in trouble, walking Nick Johnson and giving up a single to Soriano. His first three pitches to Zimmerman, according to ESPN's GameCast pitch box, look to be strikes (albeit on the corners), but he falls behind 2-1. (The umpire seemed to be calling a lot of borderline pitches as balls, but was at least consistent, as it applied to both pitchers.) Royce Clayton comes through with a sacrifice fly, and the game is knotted at 1-1. Glavine avoided further damage by getting Schneider to ground out to Delgado and Livan Hernandez to fly out to Nady.

And it was Nady's day. With two outs in the bottom of the 4th, Cliff Floyd walked. Nady drove him in with a double to left, and the Mets retook the lead.

Perhaps it was Glavine's too, in a semi-charmed sense. For the third straight inning, Glavine got into trouble (this time, a single to Jose Vidro and to double Jose Guillen), but got away with little to no harm done (struck out Nick Johnson and Soriano). Turnabout is fair play, however; in the bottom of the 5th, Glavine singled, and after a Reyes ground out, a Lo Duca's double brought him to third. Both Carloses popped out to shortstop and Hernandez escaped unscathed.

In the bottom of the sixth, David Wright's solo home run made the game 3-1 Mets.

Aaron Heilman gave up 1 run in two innings in relief of Glavine, but he needed defensive and umpiring help to do it, as Soriano was thrown out at home on a questionable call (to say the least). With Soriano on first, Zimmerman doubled to deep left. Cliff Floyd hit cutoff man Jose Reyes, who in turn relayed to Lo Duca. It appeared at first that Lo Duca tagged Soriano, but replays demonstrated that Lo Duca fumbled the ball. Nevertheless, the umpire called Soriano out at that plate, in part due to a good acting job by Lo Duca.

Billy Wagner tossed a 1-2-3 ninth in his Mets debut for the save, and the Mets won 3-2. Wagner looked dominating but gave up a single to Vidro who tried to turn it into a double. However, he was gunned down at 2nd base to end the game. Wagner entered to the tune "Enter Sandman," creating something of a firestorm amongst Yankee fans who thought that only Mariano Rivera should have good taste in music.

The only lowlight of the day belonged to Carlos Beltran. It did not take long for the boo birds to come out for Beltran. He was 0-4 and stranded runners on base in his last two at bats by striking out and popping up. The Mets fans have seem not to forget the disappointing 2005 season Beltran had and are not ready for an encore. Beltran hopes that his throw out of Jose Vidro can start off a hot streak

The Mets end the day at 1-0, temporarily the best record in the National League.

It should also be noted that this was the first-ever regular season game broadcast by the Mets' New Cable Network, SNY (www.sny.tv)

Lineup and Box Score

Washington Nationals New York Mets
Brandon Watson (CF) Jose Reyes (SS)
Jose Vidro (2B) Paul Lo Duca (C)
Jose Guillen (RF) Carlos Beltran (CF)
Nick Johnson (1B) Carlos Delgado (1B)
Alfonso Soriano (LF) David Wright (3B)
Ryan Zimmerman (3B) Cliff Floyd (LF)
Royce Clayton (SS) Xavier Nady (RF)
Brian Schneider (C) Anderson Hernandez (2B)
Livan Hernandez (SP) Tom Glavine (SP)
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April 5

Mets vs. Nationals-Game 2 of season

Recap and Highlights

Although their new players contributed early in the game, when it was all said and done, it was the same old Mets. Another blown save, an inability to score in the late innings, and an ex-Oriole in the bullpen all led to a 9-5 extra inning loss to the Washington Nationals.

Brian Bannister made his MLB debut as the Mets played their second game of the season. Bannister had an impressive spring allowing where he allowed 2 runs total. He beat out Aaron Heilman for the fifth starter job. He starts tonight because Zambrano had a slight injury in his last spring training appearance. He will make his first start over the weekend. The mets should have the same lineup as they did in the first game of the season.

On Tuesday while appearing on MTV, Cliff Floyd predicted he would hit a home run tonight! Hopefully he will keep his word and the Mets will beat the Nationals for their second win of the season.

Mets strike early as Reyes and Lo Duca reach base to start the bottom of the first. After Beltran and Delgado strike out, Wright comes through hitting an 0-2 pitch into right field to drive in Reyes. Mets lead 1-0.

Bottom of the second. Mets score again as Nady hits a solo homerun. He is now 5-5 as a Met. Meanwhile John Patterson has six strikeouts through 2 innings, although he has allowed 2 runs.

Mets extend their lead in the bottom of the third as Carlos Delgado gets his first Shea curtain call after hitting a two run homer to put the Mets up 4-0.

Bannister retires the Nationals 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth inning. He has a no-hitter through 5 innings. Bannister's no-no is finally broken in the sixth when Vidro hits a one out double. After hitting Guillen with a pitch, Bannister is then officially welcomed into the big leagues when Nick Johnson sends a pitch into the right field bleachers for a three run homer, cutting the Mets lead to 4-3.

After Duaner Sanchez pitched a scoreless 7th and Aaron Heilman a scorelss 8th, Billy Wagner came in to shut the door in the 9th. But Ryan Zimmerman crushed a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence, and Billy Wagner had joined the likes of Mel Rojas, Armando Benitez, ann Braden Looper, earning his first blown save for the Mets.

The Mets had a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth loading the bases with two outs, but Paul Lo Duca's liner to left was caught and the inning was over.

In the top of the 10th, ex-Oriole Jorge Julio made his Met debut, and got rocked, giving up 5 runs, including the go-ahead two run homer to Jose Guillen.

One of the few bright spots was a diving catch Anderson Hernandez made on a blooper over his head. He remained on the ground for a few minutes following the dive, but he then got up on his own and continued to play. Perhaps when Kaz Matsui comes back from the DL, Willie will decide to stick with Hernandez at second because of his glove, and if he does, Met fans can maybe look back at this catch as the day Kaz Matsui's starting role was taken away from him.

The Mets were 1-1.

Lineup and Box Score

Washington Nationals New York Mets
Brandon Watson (CF) Jose Reyes (SS)
Jose Vidro (2B) Paul Lo Duca (C)
Jose Guillen (RF) Carlos Beltran (CF)
Nick Johnson (1B) Carlos Delgado (1B)
Alfonso Soriano (LF) David Wright (3B)
Ryan Zimmerman (3B) Cliff Floyd (LF)
Royce Clayton (SS) Xavier Nady (RF)
Brian Schneider (C) Anderson Hernandez (2B)
John Patterson (SP) Brian Bannister (SP)
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April 6

Recap and Highlights

Pedro Martinez made his 2006 debut in rocky fashion. While allowing only four hits and striking out six ive in six innings of work, Martinez set a career high with three hit batsmen in a game, including Jose Guillen twice. He also walked five and gave up a three run bomb to Nick Johnson.

Benches and bullpens cleared when Pedro hit Guillen the second time. Mets fans got their first taste of Julio Franco's much ballyhooed leadership when Franco stepped up to an irate Guillen, talked him down, and steered the fuming National back to the visitors dugout.

In the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Beltran got his first hit of the season—a line drive, two-run homer to left-center field. The fans, who had been booing Beltran over the course of the three day opening homestand, quickly changed their tune, and chanted for a curtain call. Beltran stoicly refused, showing his frustration with the admittedly fickle New York fan base. Once again, Franco's leadership skills kicked in; Julio convinced Carlos to take his curtain call.

The Mets, 2-1, were in sole possession of first place.

Other notes:

  • The game was delayed for a few minutes as home plate umpire Ted Barnett received medical care. Barnett did not return to the game, and crew chief Rick Reed moved from second base to behind the plate.
  • Chad Bradford made his Mets debut, finishing the game. He allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning of work.


Lineup and Box Score

Washington Nationals New York Mets
Brandon Watson (CF) Jose Reyes (SS)
Jose Vidro (2B) Paul Lo Duca (C)
Jose Guillen (RF) Carlos Beltran (CF)
Nick Johnson (1B) Carlos Delgado (1B)
Alfonso Soriano (LF) David Wright (3B)
Ryan Zimmerman (3B) Cliff Floyd (LF)
Royce Clayton (SS) Xavier Nady (RF)
Brian Schneider (C) Anderson Hernandez (2B)
Ramon Ortiz (SP) Pedro Martinez (SP)
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April 7

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April 8

The Mets/Marlins matchup was rained out, to be made up on July 8 at night.

April 9

Recap and Highlights

The Mets overcame six shut out innings posted by Florida Marlins Ace Dontrelle Willis, winning 3-2 behind 3 RBI by David Wright. The Marlins scored first with two runs in the top of the 6th off Tom Glavine. A leadoff double by Hanley Ramirez, a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera, and Josh Willingham's booming double to center field put two runs on the board for the Marlins. However, the Mets answered back in the bottom of the seventh.

Paul Lo Duca led off with a single to center. Carlos Beltran then singled under the glove of shortstop Ramirez to move Lo Duca to second. Second baseman Dan Uggla then misplayed a ground ball by Carlos Delgado and settled for an out at first base as Lo Duca and Beltran advanced. Wright, batting .166 in 18 career at-bats against Willis, followed with a sinking line drive that handcuffed right fielder Jeremy Hermida. The ball bounced past him for what was scored a two-run triple.

Duaner Sanchez pitched two hitless innings in the seventh and eighth. Billy Wagner came on in the 9th with the game tied 2-2. Wagner got into some trouble as Jose Reyes made his second error of the day on a routine ground ball, as his wild throw pulled Delgado off the bag. However, Wagner forced a ground out by Ramirez to end the inning.

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Beltran started out the inning with a walk. Delgado followed with a single to right field which moved Beltran to third. With runners on first and third and no outs, the Marlins elected to pitch to David Wright instead of walk him. On the first pitch, Wright drove a ball to deep right, and Beltran was able to tag up easily. Billy Wagner got his first Met win, as the Mets triumphed, 3-2.

The Mets finished the day 4-1, in first place by two games over the Atlanta Braves.


April 10

The Mets had an off day, but the world met perhaps the coolest movie ever -- the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, as depicted through the video game "RBI Baseball."

April 11

April 15

Recap and Highlights

Steve Trachsel made his first start after Willie Randolph told WFAN that Trax was, in Randolph's mind, the team's #5 starter. Trachsel did little to convince Randolph otherwise, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings, including a two-run double off the bat of opposing pitcher Tomo Okha in the fourth.

In relief, Darren Oliver gave up a solo shot to Carlos Lee in two innings of otherwise strong work. But the fireworks came when Jorge Julio entered.

Julio began the day with an ERA of about 16.88. He managed to record three outs yet his ERA nevertheless rose—to 19.64. The inning was a comedy of errors: with a 2-2 count, Julio hit leadoff batter Chad Moeller. The ball was thrown so hard and so errantly that it struck Moeller's shoulder and still had enough momentum to reach the backstop on the fly. The damage appeared minor, though, as Julio managed to induce two groundouts, one advancing Moeller to second. But the boos to which Julio entered the game would soon find further justification. Julio gave up an RBI single to J.J. Hardy, and the chants of "Bring Back Benson" (a reference to Kris Benson, for whom Julio was traded during the off-season) began. The ended, superseded by a chorus of even louder boos, as Julio gave up a two-run bomb to Geoff Jenkins.

Julio got Carlos Lee to fly out to dead center field, requiring an otherwise incredible catch by Carlos Beltran to end the enning. Julio left to boos so great that one fan at Shea stated that one would think Bobby Bonilla had just made an appearance.

For only the second time in the season, the Mets lost. The final score was 8-2. Similarly, the Mets fell to 8 wins and 2 losses on the year, good enough for first place in the NL East.

Other notes:

  • Both Mets runs scored on sacrific flies.
  • The Mets honored the memory of Jackie Robinson, celebrating the 10th annual "Jackie Robinson Day." The Shea field had a number of commemorative logos on it, including the number "42" in the infield dirt behind second base.

Lineup and Box Score

Milwaukee Brewers New York Mets
Brady Clark (CF) Jose Reyes (SS)
J.J. Hardy (SS) Anderson Hernandez (2B)
Geoff Jenkins (RF) Carlos Beltran (CF)
Carlos Lee (LF) Carlos Delgado (1B)
Corey Koskie (3B) David Wright (3B)
Rickie Weeks (2B) Cliff Floyd (LF)
Prince Fielder (1B) Xavier Nady (RF)
Chad Moeller (C) Ramon Castro (C)
Tomo Ohka (SP) Steve Trachsel (SP)
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April 16

Recap and Highlights

With Carlos Beltran out with an ailing hamstring, Endy Chavez made his first start as a New York Met. He managed to score the final run in the 9-3 Mets victory—but the game was much closer than the final score suggested.

Brian Bannister made his third career start, allowing 11 baserunners over 5 innings of work. He loaded the bases in both the second (with none out) and third (one out) innings, but managed to fight back and escape unscathed. Bannister was tagged for a run in the fifth when Glen Gross hit a hard grounder up the middle. Jose Reyes made a diving stop to throw out Gross, but J.J. Hardy, who was on third with one out, advanced home uncontested.

Nevertheless, Bannister left with a four run lead, due to Xavier Nady's two run shot in the second and his sac fly in the fourth. (In the bottom of the fifth, after Bannister was pulled for pinch hitter Jose Valentin, the Mets tacked on a fourth run).

Darren Oliver came on in relief of Bannister, and after giving up a leadoff walk to C. Hart, recorded two quick outs, and appeared to have Hart picked off first. However, an errant throw by Carlos Delgado allowed Hart to advance to third, and Geoff Jenkins hit his second home run in as many days, driving the ball to deep center field, well over the reach of Chavez. Chad Bradford came in and got Carlos Lee to ground out to short. The game was 4-3 after six.

Aaron Heilman, arguably the pitcher of the day, came in and registered two innings of work, giving up a hit and two walks while striking out two. That set the stage for Billy Wagner to come in, but such a result would not be necessary.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Mets bats came alive from their two-day funk. Jose Reyes lead off with a walk, his third of the year. Paul Lo Duca followed with the same. Delgado made up for his throwing error by ripping a line drive over the right field fence. The Mets added two more runs on a Victor Diaz double, and the game's end became a mere formality. Electing to save Wagner for another day, Willie Randolph brought in mop-up man extraordinaire Jorge Julio -- who recorded his first run-free appearance of the 2006 season.

The Mets finished the day 9-2, first place in the National League East by 4 games.

Lineup and Box Score

Milwaukee Brewers New York Mets
Gabe Gross (CF) Jose Reyes (SS)
J.J. Hardy (SS) Paul Lo Duca (C)
Geoff Jenkins (RF) Carlos Delgado (1B)
Carlos Lee (LF) David Wright (3B)
Corey Koskie (3B) Cliff Floyd (LF)
Bill Hall (2B) Xavier Nady (RF
Prince Fielder (1B) Endy Chavez (CF))
Damian Miller (C) Anderson Hernandez (2B)
Tomo Ohka (SP) Brian Bannister (SP)
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April 17

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