The Mets badly needed #5 starter Livan Hernandez to pitch well and eat innings. He delivered, giving up only 2 earned runs in 6 2/3 IP. The Mets offense knocked around Ricky Nolasco with Luis Castillo going 4-4 and the flaming hot Ryan Church getting 2 more hits. It was great seeing Livan keep the Marlins hitters off balance and getting out of early jams. If he can be the Livan of old (10-13 wins, 4 ERA) which he appears capable of after tonights performance, then the Mets rotation will look a lot better.
Castillo’s 4-4 came out of nowhere after looking clueless at the plate on Friday night. He also added a sac bunt on top of his 4 hits and even knocked in a run. I’m not going to get too excited yet but this was definitely a good sign from Castillo. The Mets also improved with RISP going 5-14, a huge improvement over the 1-12 performance from Friday. All in all, this was a very good game for the Mets, the only negative being the continued struggles of Darren O’Day. However, he likely would have finished the 9th inning if not for a throwing error by David Wright. Tomorrow the Mets take on the Marlins at 1:10 in what should be a great pitching match up between Johan Santana and Josh Johnson as the Mets try to take 2 out of 3 from the Marlins and finish the road trip at 4-2 before heading to the new Citi Field Monday to take on the Padres.
Posted By Anthony Agnese