Shot Of The Night is Off Base Percentage's toast to a player who had an exceptionally good or bad night. There's always a reason to drink.
Frankly, I'm surprised Omar Minaya didn't find a way to mortgage the future of the franchise to help the Mets finish 6 games out of first in the NL East at the trade deadline. Maybe trade Ike Davis for David Aardsma or some such nonsense? The shot of the night is late because I pick places without the Internet to do my evening drinking. The shot of last night was a New York Sour: 2 oz blended whiskey, juice of 1/2 lemons, 1 tsp sugar, red wine and it's in honor of the Mets' pitching staff.
Jonathon Niese got the ball rolling for the Mets going a deep 4.1 innings and giving up 6 earned scattering 7 hits, 3 walks and 2 homers. Niese is still young (23) and nowhere near this bad. So I'm surprised Omar didn't trade him for Jake Westbrook. Elmer Dessens would take over for Niese and pitch an effective 2.2 innings only giving up 2 earned on 4 hits, 1 walk and 2 home runs. Ollie Perez would finish off the night by imploding over 2 innings allowing 4 earned on 5 hits.
Honorable Mention: Adam LaRoche
LaRoche did most of the Met slaying yesterday. He went 3-6 with 2 home runs (both of Niese) and 6 RBI. He just missed a third home run as well. I'm surprised LaRoche wasn't moved at the trade deadline but if the Angels weren't a bizzilion games back, he probably would have been. He's still a good bet to be dealt during the waiver period.