Inside Pitch: Delgado back to Toronto
Carlos Delgado was a mainstay of Toronto's lineup.
Carlos Delgado was a mainstay of Toronto's lineup.
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Posted Jun 24, 2006


Mets manager Willie Randolph originally had Carlos Delgado written in as the designated hitter and Julio Franco at first base Friday night at Toronto. However, that's not how Carlos Delgado wanted to return to the city in which he carved his major league identity.

"I had (Thursday) off," Delgado said. "I don't want to get lazy."

Delgado had some great years in Toronto, but never reached the postseason. He was asked about some of his former teammates and started naming guys long since retired.

He stopped and said: "I guess I'm old."

Delgado's contract expires following the 2008 season, after which, he said he wouldn't discount the possibility of closing out his career in Toronto.

"I don't know if that will be an option," he said.

REPLAY: Carlos Delgado didn't do much dramatic in his return game to Toronto Friday, but that doesn't mean he didn't do anything important.

Delgado was able to stay out of a double play in the third inning, which prolonged the inning so David Wright could hit a three-run homer in the 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

The victory was the Mets' ninth straight on the road, which set a new franchise record.

NOTES, QUOTES

  • RHP Duaner Sanchez left Friday night's game at Toronto in the eighth inning after feeling discomfort in his shoulder. He will return to New York Saturday for a MRI. The Mets list him as day-to-day.

  • 3B David Wright homered for the tenth time during the month. Wright hit 27 homers last season, and already has 18 this year with 63 RBIs.

  • LHP Tom Glavine, who has given up 14 runs in his last three starts, appeared to snap out of his funk Friday night when he gave up only one in seven innings. Glavine has held the opposition to three runs or less in 12 of 16 starts.

  • With their 6-1 victory Friday night at Toronto, the Mets set a club record with their ninth straight victory on the road.

  • SS Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single, and then was picked off. Reyes went 15-for-30 on the Mets' recent homestand.

  • 1B Carlos Delgado returned to Toronto and was warmly cheered by Blue Jays' fans. "I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," Delgado said.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 128 -- RBIs by 1B Carlos Delgado in interleague play, making him the all-time leader.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's going to be a monster some day." -- Mets manager Willie Randolph, on SS Jose Reyes' potential.


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