Usually with New York teams involved, nothing is done quitely. But lost among Bonds at 760 HR and Brandon Webb’s 43 scoreless inning streak reaching 43 has been the Mets opening space in the NL East. The Mets completed a sweep at Washington this past weekend to open a four-game lead on the Phils and 5Â½ over the Braves.
Now beating the Nats may not seem like much, but they had been playing .500 baseball since early June. And, the Mets were about the same during that same span. But things are beginning to come together. Jose Reyes became the first player in major league history to steal 60 bases three consecutive seasons.
Tom Glavine has won four of his last five decisions and homers are finally coming from Team Carlos — Beltran and Delgado. Moises Alou is off the DL, David Wright is hitting .310 and 2B Luis Castillo has been a godsend. Even ageless El Duque has a 3.12 ERA. Still a ways to go, but the Mets stock unlike Wall Street is rising.
Royals at Chisox: Our good luck with Bannister continues. Not hard betting against Contreras. ROYALS.Indians at Tigers: Even against Verlander, Tribe will find way to win with Paul Byrd, who’s 11-5. D’backs. Yanks at Angels: Pettitte is hot and Lackey against Yanks is 4-5. YANKS.
Twins at Orioles: Boof has been a goof since July as a starter. OriolES.
Last week’s record: 4-3.
Regular season: 93-60 (60.8%)