In his three starts since coming off the Disabled List with a cranky knee, he has gone back to his power pitcher mentality and dropping most of the finesse breaking ball aspects of his repetoire that he picked up from Tom Glavine during Spring Training. It has worked wonders for Leiter, who has won two of the three starts to improve his record to 10-5.
Leiter went seven innings, allowing five hits and four walks, two of them of the intentional variety to Royce Clayton, the eighth place Brewer batting directly in front of pitcher Wes Obermueller, who went six strong innings himself.
Leiter induced Brewer catcher Eddie Perez to hit into two crucial double plays to remove himself from trouble in the fourth and sixth innings. Righthander David Weathers, the subject of recent trade talks, pitched two scoreless innings to shut the door.
Jason Phillips was another hitting star for the Mets, going 3-4 with two doubles and a run scored. The doubles were of very different variety, as he hit one against the leftfield wall in the sixth and flared one into shallow rightfield.
With the win, the Mets fall a game "behind" the Brewers in the chase for the number one overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft. The Mets entered the day three games behind the San Diego Padres, who entered the night with a 41-67 record. The worst record in the National League owns the rights to the pick. The Mets' last first overall pick came in 1994 when they selected RHP Paul Wilson from Florida State. Wilson never lived up to his promise due to injuries, and actually defeated the Mets as a member of the Cinninnati Reds this weekend.
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