Water covers three quarters of the earthâ€™s surface; Endy, Beltran and Gomez cover the rest.
The New York Mets opted to let Gomez make his debut at home for the Sunday crowd, and he took the opportunity to show Mets fans what they have to look forward to: the next generation of New Yorkâ€™s outfield. As most fans know, the organization has penciled in some combination of Carlos Gomez, Lastings Milledge, Carlos Beltran and Freddy Martinez to roam the soon to be sodded, Citi Field.
And letâ€™s not write off Endy Chavez. Chavez, whose gritty and hustle style play has endeared him to the fan base. Endy could likely play an everyday corner outfield spot on many big league organizations. If Omar Minaya can find some way to keep Endy Chavez as the fourth outfielder for a few more seasons, it would be money well spent. Chavez is the best fourth outfielder in the game.
Gomez treated the Mets fans by getting his first big league hit with a double down the leftfield line, going 2-4 with a stolen base and a gem of a diving catch in right. Gomez, whoâ€™s stay will likely be merely a cup of coffee as he was brought up to take Mike Pelfreyâ€™s slot on the 25 man roster, will almost certainly be sent down before Pelfreyâ€™s rotation spot against the Cubs on Thursday to make room for, I assume, will be Jason Vargas.
And thatâ€™s not even the big story.
Ollie Perez surrendered only two hits in eight and a third innings, one of them being a solo homerun to blow his shut out bid. I watched Willie send Perez out in the ninth to try to collect a Met no hitter (since I am no convinced the Mets will never have a true no hitter, a one hit shutout is the equivalent, ergo, a Met no hitter) thinking complete game might be a bit greedy. Perez looked outstanding working through some trouble spots and uncharacteristically righting himself rather than melting down. If Perez can find away to repeat todayâ€™s performance and John Maine continues to excel utilizing the upstairs fastball, the Mets may have their core of starting pitching for years to come.
Perezâ€™s great start is assuring with no clear timetable for the return of Orlando â€œEl Duqueâ€ Hernandez and Pedro Martinez and less importantly Dave Williams. If Vargas can make the step to starting pitcher, the Henry Owens/ Matt Lindstrom trade is critical. If Vargas isnâ€™t ready to take the next step and Pelfrey needs more starts in AAA, the Mets will be hard pressed to find another starter. Willie Randolph may be forced to use Aaron Sele in the role of starter.
The issue with Moises Alou is troubling. According to Marty Noble, Alou will be unavailable to start or pinch hit until the upcoming series with the Yankees at the earliest due to an injured quadriceps. If Alou just needs a few days rest, I have no problem with the Mets roster management, however this franchise has shown a downright unwillingness to place players on the disabled list. I really see Alouâ€™s season will mirror Cliff Floydâ€™s 2006 season and Alou will have many injury stints this season.
Perezâ€™s great control, coupled with a few stolen bases here and there, some outstanding outfield play, more surprising contributions from Damian Easley and a long ball from Beltran off the foul pole in right, if it werenâ€™t for the solo shot from Hall the Mets might have had their first perfect game (as perfect as it gets in these parts.)
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