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Game Thread: The Best Thing About Beating the Mets

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Johan Santana got Madoff-ed yet again last night...
This time, it was the fish that got away last winter, Derek Lowe, who provided most of the misery. It had to leave Mets COO Jeff Wilpon wondering why he couldn't have found another $15 million over an additional year for the righty during contract negotiations. Considering the backup plan was Oliver Perez, oops.
Mike Puma, New York Post

...i don't get it... i give feliciano credit, he did his job to get the ground ball from mccann... the inning should have been over... but, after that, there was just no good reason to leave feliciano in, especially since a rested and effective stokes was warmed up and ready to pitch in the bullpen... it just makes zero sense, and is counter to everything manuel promised to do with the bullpen, which is to create roles and stick with them... bizarre...

...at the same time, as is often the case when the Mets lose, though santana pitched well, the team struggled to score runs - against Derek Lowe, who looked very good last night- they played sloppy defense, and didn't hit with runners in scoring position... so, the move by manuel, while confusing, wasn't solely responsible for the loss... but it didn't help, that's for sure...

Matt Cerrone, Metsblog.com

It was a performance that showed Mets brass what it passed on in favor of the enigmatic Oliver Perez (1-2, 9.97 ERA, now at Port St. Lucie on a rehab assignment)...

The matchup with Santana had the added subplot of a battle for neighborhood bragging rights as the pair live on the same street in Fort Myers, Fla., in the offseason (both took up residence there while pitching for the Red Sox and Twins, who have spring training in Fort Myers).

"He lives three doors down from me," Lowe said. "You can tell by the Lamborghini in his driveway. I love facing guys like that, especially Santana. He's going to beat you more than you beat him, but it's fun to be in those games when you know every pitch could determine the game. It was definitely enjoyable."
Sean Brennan, New York Daily News

Really, is there anything more satisfying than beating the Mets?
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