METS 6 - BRAVES ZIP
The Happy Capuano CapWhen doubts seeped in about Chris Capuano's ability to go deep into a game, he turned around and threw an absolute gem. Capuano's complete game shutout of the red hot Atlanta Braves was nothing short of masterful. Anyone who saw a 2 hit, 13 K, no-walk frame would have assumed those numbers would be Atlanta's Tim Hudson. In SNY's pre-game, Bobby Ojeda agreed that the Mets should retain Capuano's services for 2012. However, Ojeda did not believe he should be a starter and should switch to middle relief, stating his inability to get through the opposition's lineup a 3rd time. As of late Bobby O. was not wrong, but tonight Capuano made him look sillier than the Tribble resting on his head.
Mets Blob has loved Capuano as a professional competitor all season long. Early in the season, he was robbed of many great starts that should have translated in to wins. There is something very different about a game when Capuano comes apart mid-game and when Mike Pelfrey does. Simply, when Chris falls apart we know he does not have the stuff that day, and that happens to the best of them. When Big Mike falls apart, it's because he's a full-on head case and a quitter, and it sickens Met fans.
Chris Capuano is a hard worker and a true competitor. The Blob does not in any way believe this is something we can expect from Chris every night. But, the Blob does feel that Capuano will learn from the success of this game and use that knowledge to move forward and improve his game.
On the offensive side, Angel Pagan, Ruben Tejada, and Lucas Duda all had big nights. Timely hits by Nick Evans and Justin Turner helped add to the Mets tally.
In a Mets season that has been filled with all the makings of a tropical depression, it was sure great to see the Mets on the eve of Hurricane Irene deliver the perfect storm of gail force pitching and offensive swells.
A Blobbish Irene blessing:
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