What an unlikely list of heroes in today's game. The monkeys are getting used to efforts like this by Figgy, but it was still impressive to shut down the Braves until he tired in the sixth inning. Is Figgy a late bloomer and a find like Rick Reed was a few years back or is this just a nice little story that will be forgotten in June? Time will tell, but it's enjoyable to watch for now.
We don't know if Raul Casanova lives up to his name after the game, but he has been good lately at picking up hits. Casanova was 3-4 and had the big homerun today. Many people are not aware that he had 6 homers in 79 AB's last year so the power should not be a surprise. He also seems to work well with Figgy. The monkeys haven't missed Ramon Castro just yet.
While some fans are killing Omar Minaya, let's not forget to compliment him on these two players he pulled off the scrap heap.
Speaking of coming off the scrap heap, how about Carlos Delgado's day? 2 homeruns and 2 walks? Hopefully it's a sign of things to come and the worst of his slump is behind him. Will he be the player he was on Toronto or his first year with the Mets? No, probably not. But can he hit 20 homers, drive in 80 and hit .250 in his final season with the Mets? That's not too much to ask.
Luis Castillo had 3 hits, the bullpen pitched solidly, Willie managed the game properly and they played "I'm a Believer" in the 8th inning. All in all, a pretty good game for the monkeys.
WHAT DROVE US BANANAS
Moises Alou hurt again? We know he is old enough to have seen the first "King Kong," in its initial release but c'mon already. Get back on the field.
Carlos, come out when the fans want a curtain call. They have been rough on you, but it's a fight you simply cannot win.