Seventh Inning Plagues Young Again

By Jon Perez

Chris Young Falters in late innings again

Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back to back jacks to turn a 2-0 deficit and ignite a 9-2 victory over the Mets. Through the first six innings, Mets starter Chris Young allowed two hits with six goose eggs.

For the second time in three starts, Chris Young imploded in the seventh inning giving up the big home run. On June 23rd, Young surrendered the lead to the Yankees when Ibanez’s eleventh home run of the year landed into the right field seats, a game in which the Mets lead 3-0 and lost 4-3. Yesterday, Young relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Phillies on a pair of home runs in the seventh inning.

Chris Young, who has a lot to prove for the Mets, has really been disappointing in a rotation that has exceeded expectations this year. Although his stat line is solid, Young has been nothing but an under achievement this year. A 2-2 record and ERA of 3.41 is solid, however, it is the one pitch that alters Young column from win to no decision.

The injury bug has bitten Young on the rear end in the past two years, but it is no excuse for why the pitcher is punched in the stomach every time he enters the late innings.  Young will not start until after the all star break and will have to limit the damage that comes after the sixth inning.

Cliff Lee wins first game of year

Stop the presses! Cliff Lee has finally won his first game of the year. The win came at Citi Field Wednesday afternoon as the Phillies knocked off the Mets 9-2.

“Once they took the lead, you could see him turn it on.” said Mike Nickeas. Lee bedazzled the Mets yesterday afternoon to finally win his first game of the year.

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