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Thursday, September 8, 2011

•Schwinden Didn't Win•

 • Braves 6 - Mets 5 (Game 1) • 
Chris Schwinden got knocked around early today in the first game of the twin-bill against the Braves. This was Schwinden's first major league start after already pitching a full season in the minor leagues. Rumor has it, he had already hit his wall for innings pitched this year. 

After a rough 1st inning giving up 3 runs to the Braves, Schwinden settled down and looked sharp; at one point retiring 7 of 8 Braves in row. From today's small sample, Mets Blob has no idea if Chris Schwinden will ever blossom into a full time Major League starter. What the Blob knows for sure is that Schwinden looks like Justin Turner's crazy cousin who lives in the shed out back with Sling Blade.
One of the biggest Mets highlights came in the bottom the of 1st inning when Jason Bay erased Schwinden's rough start by cranking a grand slam to put the Mets up 4-3. Jason now has 12 home runs and 52 RBI on the year. On September 8th it sure is great see Jason finally reaching the power numbers he should have had on June 8th.
Jose Reyes was given the first game off but got to pinch hit in the 9th. Reyes ripped a single to help add to the small cushion he has over Ryan Braun in the NL batting title race.

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