The Mets came through with an explosive offensive effort today against Brad Penny. This was nothing new as Penny's record against the Mets is now 5-12 with a 6.21 ERA. We've all seen a player that has a pitcher's number. The monkeys have cringed in the past when Pat Burrell or Brian Jordan faced Armando Benitez. Some of our more die-hard fans might remember how Glenallen Hill dominated John Franco. But sometimes an entire team dominates a pitcher and it is surprising when it is someone who is as talented as Brad Penny.
After a lengthy game the night before, the Mets sent out their "B" team today with Marlon Anderson at First, Angel Pagan in Left and Raul Casanove behind the plate. It didn't matter though against Penny as the Mets scored 10 runs off him to continue their dominance.The Mets early season MVP Ryan Church went 3-4 with a homer. Raul Casanova, who may be sent to AAA as soon as Friday, went 2 for 4. Marlon Anderson took advantage of a rare start and went 2 for 5.
John Maine delivered the best starting effort thus far in this young season going 8 1/3 innings and alllowing just one run. Maine has won 4 of his last 5 starts and is starting to perform as well as his impressive spring indicated he would.
The Mets finished a tough trip against the NL West's two best teams with a 3-3 record. That's solid work. They found a bad Penny and had some good times. Now they face the Reds and Nationals. Time to get fat against the second division teams.