The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

The Mets did it again, as they were involved in a one-hitter for the third straight game. This time, three Mets pitchers combined to turn the tables on the Marlins, and, in the process, set a franchise record by facing the minimum 27 batters for the first time ever.

Great pitching was the name of the game elsewhere as well, as the Yankees' David Wells threw a complete game in the second half of a day-night doubleheader against the Devil Rays. Wells' performance not only served to highlight the woes of the Yankees' Jeff Weaver, who just couldn't get it together in the first game of the double-bill, giving up 6 runs in five innings, but also was a lesson in simplicity. He threw 111 pitches, of which 82 were strikes, and didn't walk a single batter (he's walked only 4 in 100+ innings this year...) - if you do that, you're going to win a lot of ballgames. Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's decision to steal Wells from under the Diamondbacks' noses two years ago and bring him back to New York looks better every time the 40-year-old left-hander takes the mound. He's now 9-2 for the season...

Another pitcher having an amazing year is LA's Kevin Brown, who is looking strong after his injury-hit 2002 season. He has won 9 straight games and is now 10-1 this year for the streaking Dodgers, who have won 7 straight and who are now just one game behind the Giants in the NL West.

Things are hotting up all over the place - only Atlanta and Seattle have comfortable leads in their divisions. It looks like we could be in for a good summer.