Sure, it's a bit late, but the Mets appear to have finally found their forte.
New York has proven they can have their way with rookie pitchers. After tagging Atlanta's Jose Capellan for seven runs in the first inning Thursday, the Mets put up six in the first against the Pirates' John Van Benschoten on Saturday en route to a 8-7, 10-inning victory.
Even though the Mets staked Tom Glavine
to the huge lead after one inning, he – like Steve Trachsel
on Thursday – struggled. At least Trachsel was able to squeeze a victory out of a four-run performance, though: Glavine allowed six runs and six hits to Pittsburgh in the effort, with four of the runs being driven in by former Met Ty Wigginton
, who slugged a two-run homer.
Headed to extra innings, the Mets took the eventual game-winning lead on a sacrifice fly by Mike Cameron in the tenth, scoring Wilson Delgado. The Mets also lost a pair of runs in the sixth when Jason Bay scaled the outfield wall and took a home run away from catcher (yep, you read that right) Todd Zeile, who was making a bid to notch his 2,000th career hit in style.
"A home run, that would have been a nice little capper," Zeile told reporters. "But I've never really done things in a blaze of glory."
Kris Benson, who faces the Pirates for the first time in his career Sunday, told reporters at PNC Park that he is still amenable to sticking with the Mets next season, despite all the turmoil that's ensued since his July 30 trade to New York. In that time span, the Mets have sputtered out of the NL East race and into a challenge to remain out of last place, costing manager Art Howe his job.
Benson said that who the Mets choose as their manager – sources indicate that several names have already been added to a list fluttering around the team's board rooms – won't have an impact on whether he finally decides to re-sign with the team. Benson is reportedly in the market for a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year.
"It's something that I'm not really using as deciding point," Benson told reporters. "If anything was a deciding point, it's who are they going to bring in for some of these guys that are either retiring or up for free agency. I'm looking more at the team as a whole and who they are bringing in."
Cliff Floyd left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with a strained muscle under his left armpit. He is not expected to play in Sunday's twinbill, which was necessitated by Friday's rainout.