Coming into the season every question about the Mets had to do with their starting rotation. The jury's still out on Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez has had mixed results but John Maine's response couldn't be more affirmative. He moved to 4-0 and dropped his ERA to 1.35 after seven shutout innings in D.C. yesterday. All the questions now surround the offense. Why is Carlos Delgado batting .187? Did all those magazine profiles sap David Wright's power? How is a Carlos Beltran solo homer the only offense they can muster against Jason Bergmann in yesterday's 1-0 win?
- If you are an afficianado of fine relief pitching, as so many of us are, San Diego was the place to be yesterday. The Friars and Dodgers teamed up for 22 and two-thirds innings of relief without surrendering an earned run. The visitors scratched across the winner in the 17th frame when Wilson Valdez bunted, Pete LaForest mishandled a throw and Brady Clark doubled home Valdez for a 5-4 win.
- Troy Tulowitzki has only been in the big leagues a month but he's already done something most major leaguers could only dream of. He pulled off the 13th unassisted triple play in baseball history during the top of the seventh of yesterday's 9-7 win against Atlanta but made a mistake when he tossed the ball to Todd Helton at first to be sure of the third out. Helton tossed the ball into the stands and stole a hell of a souvenir from Tulo's grandkids.
- Brandon Inge may only be hitting .156 but he had three hits and a ninth inning, walk-off homer to help the Tigers outlast the Twins 4-3. The Tigers avoided a sweep against Johan Santana, of all pitchers, thanks to Inge's late heroics.
- Jamie Moyer has been pitching in the major leagues since the Truman administration, or so it seems, but came close to an all-time memory in Philly yesterday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and got two outs before Miguel Cabrera slapped a double to left and ended his flirtation with history. He still got his third win and reserves Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs combined for five RBI to provide the offense in a 6-1 victory.