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Note: I would do my team, the BoSox of course, but god I can't stand when I lose with them. Too stressful :) - so NYM it is. Please also note that I'm 10 games in and am catching myself up, so for the first ten games I won't have every pitcher listed, only the winning ones because it's too hard to figure out who relieved when. I'll note the winner/loser and save though, but also won't have ERAs until I catch up. Sorry. Also, I won't have pictures for the first ten games, but after that I will. Catching up won't take long at all and once caught up this will be a much better read as I'll have more info and write these up better. Enjoy guys.

NYM: Let's Go!

2005-2006 Season

The Mets take the field in just a few days to open the 2005 campaign and are desperately hoping to correct the problems that were so evident last season. With the great new additions to the team, such as Pedro Martinez, it is common perception that they have the tools to be successful.

Will the Mets be able to pull off a season worthy of pride and praise? We'll just have to see. The Mets open their season with a 3-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds in what should be a very exciting series.

Posted below is the New York Mets' starting lineup, stay tuned for the action.

Batting Order

1 Jose Reyes SS

2 Mike Cameron RF

3 Carlos Beltran CF

4 Cliff Floyd LF

5 Doug Mientkiewicz 1B

6 David Wright 3B

7 Mike Piazza C

8 Kazuo Matsui 2B

9 Pitcher P

Pitching Rotation

SP1 Pedro Martinez

SP2 Tom Glavine

SP3 Victor Zambrano

SP4 Kris Benson

SP5 Kazuhisa Ishii

LR1 Jae Weong Seo

MR1 Roberto Hernandez

MR2 Royce Ring

MR3 Heath Bell

SU1 Danny Graves

SU2 Dae-Sung Koo

CL Braden Looper

Next Game: @ CIN

New York Mets 4 @ Cincinnati Reds 5

April 4th, 2005 - NYM (0-0) @ CIN (0-0)

The Mets' season looked to get off with a bang as Pedro went out and did what Pedro does; throw strikes. Martinez put in 10 strikeouts in 7 innings before handing over a 4-2 lead to Hernandez.

The Mets came out of the gate strong putting two men on with no outs in the top of the 3rd inning. Reyes and Beltran both knocked a run in before Cliff Floyd rocked a misplaced slider to right for a 2B hit, scoring both Reyes and Beltran.

The Reds got back in it when Dunn hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, but Pedro went on with his show.

The story of the night was definitely the awful bullpen relief as Hernandez and Looper essentially lost the game for the Mets. Hernandez gave up 2 doubles and a HR in the 9th inning before getting the yank with a man on third, no outs and a 4-3 lead. Looper came into the game hoping to sizzle the fire but instead got rocked to deep right field and just like that the Mets had let a great game slip away.

Statistics

Reyes 2/4 - RBI

Beltran 1/4 - RBI

Floyd 1/4 - 2RBI

Pitchers

Martinez - 7IP 6H 2ER 10K

Looper L (0-1)



	  R   H   E


NYM   4  10   0


CIN   5  11   0
Next Game: @ CIN New York Mets 3 @ Cincinnati Reds 2 April 6th, 2005 - NYM (0-1) @ CIN (1-0) After a tough loss to the Reds the Mets hoped to bounce back in game 2 of their series with Cincinnati. The Mets came out and got hammered hard for almost the entire game but great fielding won the game for the Mets. Early in the 2nd inning a deep fly ball looked to be heading out of the park for a 3-run shot, but Beltran scaled and grabbed it keeping the game scoreless. The next hit was an inning-ending doubleplay. After Beltran knocked in Reyes in the 4th inning, Wright hit a rocket to the wall in deep left in the 7th, scoring Cameron and Floyd. The Reds continued to dominate on the board, killing the Mets in hits the entire game. Once again the Mets had a difficult time closing out the game, giving up 4 hits in the bottom of the 9th, including a HR and a wild throw resulting in a scoring run. However, with a man on 3rd and a 3-0 count, Looper battled back to strikeout Griffey Jr. for the final out of the game. The Mets continue to have problems protecting their leads, but with a win they hope to have the momentum moving into the final game of the series. Statistics Beltran 1/4 - RBI Wright 2/4 - 2RBI Pitchers Glavine W (0-1) - 6IP 9H 0ER 3K Looper S (1)


	  R   H   E


NYM   3   5   1


CIN   2  12   1

Next Game: @ CIN

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New York Mets 2 @ Cincinnati Reds 7

April 7th, 2005 - NYM (1-1) @ CIN (1-1)

Ouch, a manhandling in Cincinnati as the Mets fall to 1-2 on the season.

The Mets got off to a good start exchanging runs with Floyd batting in a run in the 1st and 3rd, while the Griffey hit a 2-run homer in the 2nd.

After the 3rd, it was all Reds as Freel and Casey quickly knocked in runs and Zambrano got himself into trouble with loaded bases in the 5th. Austin Kearns came to the plate and missed a home run by inches, but scored 2 more and Zambrano got the hook.

New York was done from here on, managing only 3 hits in the final 4 innings.

Statistics

Floyd 2/4 - 2RBI

Pitchers

Zambrano L (0-1) - 5IP 9H 6ER 3K



	  R   H   E


NYM   2  10   1


CIN   7  12   0
Next Game: @ ATL New York Mets 4 @ Atlanta Braves 3 April 8th, 2005 - NYM (1-2) @ ATL (1-2) Game one of a 3-game set with the Braves saw a Mets win unfold at Turner Field. After Matsui doubled to left, scoring Piazza, Cameron thrippled to centerfield scoring Reyes. This set up a 2-0 lead which was squashed by Chipper Jones' second homer run of the season. After the Braves took a 3-2 lead off a sacrifice fly, Beltran brought home Benson and put himself on for Cliff Floyd. In the top of the 7th, Floyd hit the first Mets home run of the season, which drove in the winning run in a 4-3 triumph. Benson had a good outing, despite loading the bases on walks in the 8th; but he came through to strikeout the threat. Statistics Floyd 1/4 - HR RBI Cameron 1/4 - RBI 3B Matsui 2/4 - RBI 2B Beltran 1/3 - RBI Pitchers Benson W (1-0) - 7IP 4H 4ER 4K Looper S[/b[ (2)



	  R  H  E


NYM   4  9  2


ATL   3  5  0

Next Game: @ ATL

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jlaramay, Not sure what you mean, just a regular dynasty dude =P

baje27, haha, yeh. I'd played a few games in a different Mets dynasty before this one and found Doug to be great at getting on base for Dave to bring home. So far that isn't working out, so that's a change I'll be making soon :)

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New York Mets 4 @ Atlanta Braves 5

April 9th, 2005 - NYM (2-2) @ ATL (1-3)

The Mets almost pulled out a great comeback win against the Braves but fell short in the top of the 9th inning.

After Ishii had a rocky start, giving up 4 runs in 2 innings, the Mets went the entire game trying to battle back. In the 6th inning Belran hit a double to deep right which scored both Cameron and Reyes to bring the game to 4-2.

The cheers died quietly as the next inning saw Freel, who already had an RBI, double and a stolen base, knock in a run from third. In the top of the 9th the Mets were down 5-2 and began to surge once again. The team managed to get 2 on but Beltran was caught stealing second and Floyd's homer was only a 2-run shot. With no outs the Mets were down by only 1 but 2 strikeouts and a groundout put the game away for the Braves.

Statistics

Beltran 1/4 - 2RBI 2B

Floyd 2/4 - HR 2RBI

Cameron 4/4 - 2B

Pitchers

Ishii - 4.2IP 4H 4ER 2K

Hernandez L (0-1)



	  R   H   E


NYM   4  10   1


ATL   5  10   0
Next Game: @ ATL New York Mets 3 @ Atlanta Braves 2 April 10th, 2005 - NYM (2-3) @ ATL (2-3) Game 3 of New York's series with the Braves saw them pick up their first series win of the season. The Braves were the first to score this game as both Jones' on the team put Atlanta on the board; Chipper with a homerun in the 4th and Andruw with a sacrifice fly in the 5th. The Mets battled all night but could not penetrate the Braves defense. Any base hit would eventually turn into a groundout and the Mets could not seem to mount any momentum. That is, until the 7th inning. With some nice baserunning, including a stolen base by Beltran, and a beautiful bunt by Martinez to get on base, the Mets had 2 in scoring position. Cameron came to bat at with an 0-2 count he made contact with an inside curve and sent it out of the park and 3 runs for the Mets. The Braves never posed a threat late and again Pedro proved why he can be such an asset. Statistics Cameron - 2/5 HR 3RBI Beltran 1/5 - SB Pitchers Martinez W (1-0) - 7.2IP 3H 2ER 7K Looper S (3)


	  R  H  E


NYM   3  10 0


ATL   2  4  1

Next Game: vs. HOU

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Houston Astros 6 @ New York Mets 2

April 11th, 2005 - HOU (2-4) @ NYM (3-3)

Oswalt and the Astros gave the Mets a beating as the only real brightspot was the continuing strong play from Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran. Still, that won't be enough to take down the Astros.

Biggio and Berkman provided most of the offense for the Astros, both pounding in 2 runs each including a 2-run homer by Berkman in the 1st inning.

The Mets saw little offense and both of their runs came late, in the 9th inning when Reyes got himself into scoring position for Beltran. Beltran tripled and was then brought home on a sacrifice fly from Floyd, but the game was over moments later on a Doug Mientkiewicz strikeout.

On an ugly note, Piazza went hitless for the second straight game.

Statistics

Floyd 2/4 - RBI

Beltran 2/4 - RBI 3B

Pitchers

Glavine L (1-1) - 8IP 13H 5ER 2K



	  R  H   E


HOU   6  14  1


NYM   2  7   1
Next Game: vs. HOU Houston Astros 4 @ New York Mets 9 April 13th, 2005 - HOU (3-4) @ NYM (3-4) What an explosion of offense in New York! Where to begin? Zambrano got into trouble in the 3rd, resulting in a an Everett bases-loaded ground rule double followed by a homer by Lane. It then became a Mets showcase as they went to work on Roger Clemens. In the top of the 5th Reyes, Cameron and Beltran got on base for a Floyd single. The bases stayed loaded after a Doug Mientkiewicz popfly, and David Wright stepped up the plate. Facing a 2-2 pitch he swung as a juicy fastball and crushed it for his first homer run of the year; a Grand Slam! The great play just kept coming as 2 innings later the bases were once again loaded. This time Cameron came to the plate and banged home 2 with a liner to left. Offerman took the struggling Mientkiewicz's place next up and brought home Floyd with a deep ball to center. All in all the Mets team proved that they can produce with the best of them, even when facing talents like Roger Clemens. They will attempt to win their second series of the season with game 3 in New York. Statistics Offerman 1/1 - RBI Floyd 2/4 - RBI Wright 2/4 - HR 4RBI 2B Cameron 2/5 - 3RBI Pitchers Zambrano W (1-1) - 6IP 4H 3ER 3K


	  R  H   E


HOU   4  6   0


NYM   9  14  0

Next Game: vs. HOU

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Houston Astros 1 @ New York Mets 2 (11th)

April 14th, 2005 - HOU (3-5) @ NYM (4-4)

What an exciting contest to finish off the 3-game set between the Astros and Mets!

This game took 11 inning to solve, despite a great chance to end it in the 9th inning.

The scoring opened when Ensberg doubled to center and scored Biggio in the 7th inning. The Mets were quick to reply though and Wright proved to be the tying hit. Beltran made the move to steal 3rd with 2 out and a 3-0 count, which then resulted in a base hit RBI for Wright and a tie game.

In the 9th it looked like the Mets had a great chance to take the game right then and there. With 2-men on and 1 out the Mets decided to let their reliever, Ring, bunt Piazza to 2nd. It worked and the Mets now had the bases loaded as an error cost the Astros a play. The next up was Reyes who hit a popfly and it was all up to Cameron. Facing a 3-1 count, Franco noticed Ring was out of position and BAM! Caught sleeping Ring was thrown out at first before he could tag up; extra innings it is.

The game really looked as if it was going to be a marathon but the Mets finally caught a break in the 11th inning. Wright was able to lob a hit just over the head of Berkman and advanced Floyd to 3rd. Next up, though struggling horribly, Doug Mientkiewicz finally took a base and knocked home the winning run with a grounder up the middle.

The Mets move above .500 once again and now prepare for the Marlins in New York.

Statistics

Wright 2/4 - RBI

Mientkiewicz 1/5 - RBI

Beltran 2/5 - SB

Pitchers

Benson - 8IP 8H 1ER 3K

Bell W (1-0)



	  R  H   E


HOU   1  9   1


NYM   2  10  0

Next Game: vs. FLA

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Okay guys, I'm finally caught up! I have one more game to post but I can finally post pics, full stats, etc. The upcoming posts will be much better with more stats, better game features, weekly features, etc. Enjoy :) tks for comments.

Guest, I use some modified (not sure how much, forget now) Jistic All-Star Sliders, but I play on Pro. I do have a datafile but I forget which one, can check it later if you'd like though.

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Florida Marlins 8 @ New York Mets 9

April 15th, 2005 - FLA (5-4) @ NYM (5-4)

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Left: Matsui stares down towards third as the Mets blow the lead. Right: Looper celebrates the save and win.

What a wild opening game to start what should be an exciting 3-game series with the Marlins. The Mets just crushed Florida early and it looked like they were going to run away with the game. But Florida did not want to die and turned this contest into a thriller.

The Mets had a 7-0 lead and 12 hits after the first 2 innings against Brian Moehler. The scoring opened up after Reyes, whose been struggling this season, got on base and took 2nd quickly before Beltran could even see a strike. The next pitch was a strike and Beltran let a linedrive rip down the left side, scoring Reyes and putting himself on 2nd.

Still in the bottom of the 1st, Floyd came to bat and just like that it's a 3-0 ballgame; his 4th home run of the season crushed to right field! Wright was the next to do damage, same inning, and he hit a solo jack to right, nearly hitting the scoreboard.

Finally out of the 1st and into the 2nd, the Mets kept coming. After another Wright solo blast Matsui knocked in Piazza and Reyes stole another 2nd base to put a man on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Cameron struck out but Beltran came threw, getting totally robbed in right field as Encarnacion made a stellar grab to through him out at first; Matsui did score on the play though.

Now with such a big lead the Mets laid back but in no time at all it was 8-8 in the bottom of the 7th. Cabrera and Delgado both hit home runs off of Hernandez bringing in the score to 7-5. Castillo added 2 more runs on a triple to leftfield and the Florida comeback was complete on a Gonzalez sacrifice fly.

Now at 8-7 for Florida Mienchweiz came through for the 2nd game in a row, hopefully coming out of his slump. His double to right put 2 runs up and now the Mets had restored their blown lead.

Eventually the game ended in Looper's hands as he handled the 9th inning with ease and a scare for the Mets ended with a sigh of relief; almost.

Game Note: Late in the game Dae-Sung Koo was called onto the mound but on the very first pitch he took a beamer to the left leg. What has now been diagnosed as a broken leg will keep him sidelined for about a month.

Notables

Beltran 2/5 - 2RBI 2B

Floyd 1/4 HR - 2RBI

Mienchweiz 2/5 - 2RBI 2B

Wright 2/3 - 2HR 2RBI

Matsui 1/4 - RBI

Reyes 2/5 - 2SB

Pitchers

Ishii - 5.1IP 8H 3ER 6K 8.10ERA

Hernandez - 1.1IP 4H 3ER 0K 9.53ERA

Koo - 0.0IP 1H 0ER 0K 10.80ERA

Seo W (1-0) - 1.2 3H 0ER 3K 1.93ERA

Looper S (4) - 0.2 0H 0ER 1K 4.15ERA



	  R   H   E


FLA   8  16   0


NYM   9  16   0

Standings

0GB 6W 4L Philadelphia

0GB 6W 4L Washington

0GB 6W 4L NY Mets

1GB 5W 5L Florida

3GB 3W 7L Atlanta

Upcoming

Next Game: vs. FLA

Current Series: 1-0

Season Series: 1-0

Next Pitcher: Pedro Martinez

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There we go guys, totally caught up. Hope you're enjoying so far. I'll soon bring out a "Who's Hot? & Who's Not?" feature and post some player stats...maybe 20 games in or so. Thanks for reading,

Also, please excuse any spelling/grammar problems...it was late and I was dead tired :)

Peace

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