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    Sweetest Swing in Baseball comes to Shea

    1- Belisle vs. Big Mike Pelfrey
    2- Arroyo vs. Johan
    3- Johnny Cueto vs. OPP

    Reds-Mets Preview

    By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO,
    STATS Writer

    (AP) -- An impressive offensive display helped the New York Mets finish .500 on their road trip. A similar effort from the Cincinnati Reds has them primed to end their skid away from home.

    These teams will look to continue their hot hitting when they open a three-game series at Shea Stadium on Friday night.

    The Mets (17-15) are coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season, generating 13 hits in a 12-1 win at Los Angeles on Wednesday. The victory, which was spurred by a six-run fifth inning, helped the Mets avoid being swept and gave them a 3-3 record on their trip.

    "Offense, offense, offense - it makes a world of difference," manager Willie Randolph said.

    Cincinnati's bats were also the difference on Wednesday, as the Reds (14-21) hit seven home runs - four in the second inning - of a 9-0 home win over the Chicago Cubs.

    First baseman Joey Votto went deep three times as the Reds hit their most homers in a game since registering an NL-record nine at Philadelphia on Sept. 4, 1999.

    The seven homers matched the Reds' total from their previous 10 games.

    "It was great to see that - hitting all those home runs, scoring all those runs, especially after not hitting any," manager Dusty Baker said. "Those things go in streaks. Home runs go in streaks, hitting goes in streaks, good pitching goes in streaks. We had some good streaking going today."

    Cincinnati will now try to end a streak of five straight road losses in which it is hitting .190 with three homers while being outscored 37-12.

    The Reds lost three of four last year at Shea Stadium, where the Mets are 9-5 this season but haven't received the best reception from their fans.

    Johan Santana, Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes have been booed at times, and Randolph feels the disappointment stems from the club's epic collapse last season when it blew a seven-game lead in the NL East with 17 to play.

    "Obviously, the fans are having a tough time moving past that, so we just hope that they eventually get behind this team," Randolph told the Mets' official Web site. "I think we're going to make them real proud before the year is over."

    Mike Pelfrey (2-2, 5.27 ERA) hopes to avoid becoming the next Met to draw the jeers of the Shea crowd Friday as he tries to get back on track after a few lackluster outings.

    The right-hander began 2008 by winning his first two starts and posting a 1.50 ERA, but he's 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .438 in his last three - all losses for New York.

    Pelfrey gave up five runs and nine hits with four walks in five innings of a 10-4 defeat at Arizona on Saturday.

    "I'm staying positive," Pelfrey said. "I know from my standpoint I have to be better than I have been, and the last three performances is not cutting it."

    Pelfrey won his only career start against the Reds on July 18, 2006, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings of an 8-3 victory in Cincinnati.

    The Reds turn to Matt Belisle (1-2, 6.91 ERA), who is coming off his best outing of the season.

    The right-hander allowed two runs and scattered eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-1 loss at Atlanta on Saturday. That came after he struggled in his first two outings, going 1-1 while giving up 11 runs and 17 hits in nine innings.

    Belisle is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three appearances - two starts - against the Mets, and in his only start at Shea he allowed one run and nine hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of the Reds' 2-1 loss last July 14.
    2/3 must. Win this game today, shot at 3/3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JV51 View Post
    1- Belisle vs. Big Mike Pelfrey
    2- Arroyo vs. Johan
    3- Johnny Cueto vs. OPP



    2/3 must. Win this game today, shot at 3/3.
    the Babe is coming to shea?

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    Like we all know, if not for injuries.... We'd be talking about the all time HR leader.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JV51 View Post
    Like we all know, if not for injuries.... We'd be talking about the all time HR leader.

    ARod will pass whatever he would have put up anyway.

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    I'm a big fan of Robinson Cano's swing. Unfortunately we haven't seen it at its best, until yesterday.



    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 05-09-2008 at 03:37 PM.

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    I like Pujols' swing better. His follow through is just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjjetfan View Post
    ARod will pass whatever he would have put up anyway.
    He probably will.

    And Ryan, the sweetest swing in baseball aside of KG Jr belongs to Alexis Rios.

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    I use to think Griffey swung with 1 hand, so I'd do it in T-Ball.

    It was a thing of beauty, Griffey's swing that is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JV51 View Post
    He probably will.

    And Ryan, the sweetest swing in baseball aside of KG Jr belongs to Alexis Rios.
    Rios has a nice fluid swing, I've noticed that also, but since I see Cano on a regular basis, I've become quite fond of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    Rios has a nice fluid swing, I've noticed that also, but since I see Cano on a regular basis, I've become quite fond of his.
    Cano always seems like he's about to lose his bat when he swings, very very smooth and loose.

    And from my thread earlier this year, I kinda like Church's swing.

    http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/media/vi...00805072657351


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    http://www.swingtraining.net/image/clips/utley.mpg

    Love Utley's swing, so short and compact, yet so powerful.

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    Tonight is a bit of a toss-up, both pitchers haven't pitched well.

    The Santana/Arroyo matchup is a must-win.

    I'm not too crazy about that Cueto/Perez matchup. Two enigmas (So Far) with incredible talent. It could be a 10-0 win either way.

    2/3 is the Goal, but it could easily be 1/3 or 3/3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IM3 View Post
    http://www.swingtraining.net/image/clips/utley.mpg

    Love Utley's swing, so short and compact, yet so powerful.
    Ya he has a nice, compact swing.

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    Perez will probably show his good side this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    Tonight is a bit of a toss-up, both pitchers haven't pitched well.
    I heard Eddie C saying today that in the 2 games Schneider caught Pelfrey his era is 1.50. In the others with Cassanova his ERA is about 9.00. Hopefully there is something to this.

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    LETS GET THIS GAME IN.


    I have a vested interest since I have tickets for tommorows matchup of

    Santana vs Charles Bronson Arroyo

    anddddd II reeallllllllyyyy want to see that matchup.


    DO IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    Tonight is a bit of a toss-up, both pitchers haven't pitched well.

    The Santana/Arroyo matchup is a must-win.

    I'm not too crazy about that Cueto/Perez matchup. Two enigmas (So Far) with incredible talent. It could be a 10-0 win either way.

    2/3 is the Goal, but it could easily be 1/3 or 3/3.
    Cueto looked nasty in his first few starts, he's a real K machine. That kid's got an incredible ceiling at what, 21/22 years old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUJets1988 View Post
    Cueto looked nasty in his first few starts, he's a real K machine. That kid's got an incredible ceiling at what, 21/22 years old?
    He'll be good long-term, but right now he's sporting a 5.27 ERA. Point being that he might put up a gem, or he might get shelled, you never really know.

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    I was hoping we had traded for him when I clicked on the thread. lol

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    everytime i see Griffey , i think of what if. If you read his stats, their impressive if you add in that he missed a few season there dam right insane

    by far the sweetest swing in baseball
    Last edited by AnthonySerp; 05-09-2008 at 04:22 PM.

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