Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Lord's Own Hockey Baseball

Now that the Islanders are officially golfing until draft day, there's nothing to do but count down to that special summer day when the Mets are officially eliminated from contention.

They're off to a great oddball start.  For example, here's April 4: Marlins 7, Mets 6 in ten innings.  Notably, the Mets trailed 6-1 before tying the game.  More notably, NONE of their six runs scored on a base hit.  They got two sac flies, two bases-loaded walks, an error, and the tying run was balked home.  They went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.

But leaving aside negativity for a moment, I want to note this amazing game by Toronto's young Ricky Romero at home against the White Sox.  Romero tossed seven no-hit innings, permitting only two walks.  His only bad stretch was to open the eighth - he plunked AJ Pierzynski and then gave up a homer to Alex Rios.

What a tough exit.  The kid struck out twelve of the first 19 men to stand against him.  Then he finished popout, flyout, walk, grounder, HBP, dinger, and three grounders.  Still, this looks like a terrific young pitcher in the making.  No wonder the Jays felt like they could trade Roy Halliday.

In related news, Victor Zambrano is still available.

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