The less said about the first game of Sunday’s Mets/Giants twinbill the better. Kaz Ishii (above), much like Victor Zambrano, has proven to be maddeningly inconsistent through the season’s first two months. He’s a perfectly serviceable no. 5 starter….assuming you’re guaranteed of winning the prior 4 starts, which the Mets aren’t.
In the nightcap, New York bludgeoned SF pitching to the tune of 13 hits, 4 of ’em homers, two of which coming on monster shots by Cliff Floyd. Clifford did some serious damage hitting cleanup, as did 3B David Wright (above) hitting 5th. This is not another gratuitious swipe at Mike Piazza (though Ramon Castro picking a runner off at first was enough to provoke one), but Willie Randolph has to consider moving one or both of these guys lower in the order.
Mets starter Kris Benson (4-2, 3.74 ERA) has been unbeatable since Lloyd McClendon went on record questioning the former Pirates product’s heart. With this success in mind, perhaps McClendon would be willing to publicly diss Kaz Ishii for a small fee.