Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Welcome to the AL

(Disclaimer: Once this series is over, I swear by David Wright not to bash the Mets and will recognize them as the class of the NL)

Sure, Soler may be your number 5 starter, but he had been one of your most consistent since his first start. However, while a righty throwing 88 mph fastballs and a high percentage of curves may fare well in the Senior Circuit, it takes a lot more than that to get through deep nine-man lineups.

And it's not like the Mets were facing a seasoned vet, either. Lester was making his fourth major league start and was in diapers the last time Shea was home to a World Series winning team.

Also, Milledge may want to check out some video of Manny Ramirez to learn how to play left in Fenway. This man did lead the AL in outfield assists last year, and he showed why last night.

As for tonight, the only thing I'd be happier to see than Pedro back in Fenway is Pedro walking back to the dugout in the middle of an inning down by five.

Recap

Well congratulations, Red Sox. You beat our number five starter, who was squeezed unbelievably by home plate umpire Tim McClelland. Canany pitch against David Ortiz be called a strike?

Oh well. Jose Bernabe Reyes survived a scary collision, but went 0-5 as he was brought down to earth in the midst of a hot streak, and also brought down below the .300 mark, but let's hope not for long. Beltran was an isolated bright spot, reaching base 4 times including a solo shot.

Who's pitching tonight?

BBPOTS Player of the Game: Carlos Beltran

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