Today in Mets’ History: The formula that was 2006.

Part of the signature of the 2006 Mets was their ability to strike quickly and a reliance to go deep into their bullpen.

TRACHSEL: Usually good for five innings, until the playoffs.

The Mets scored four runs in the first inning, tacked on a couple of more and hung on for a 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins in Miami.

Run-scoring hits by Paul Lo Duca, Cliff Floyd and Endy Chavez off Ricky Nolasco staked Steve Trachsel to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Trachsel, as was his reputation let the Marlins get back into the game.

Trachsel gave up three runs on two homers and didn’t make it out of the sixth before turning the game over to Roberto Hernandez, who worked one inning before the parade of relievers – Pedro Feliciano, Chad Bradford, Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner – shut down the Marlins.

The Mets did not have an extraordinarily deep rotation that summer and manager Willie Randolph adeptly used match-ups over the last three innings.

General manager Omar Minaya did not keep the bullpen intact in the offseason  – he let Darren Oliver and Bradford get away – which contributed to the dramatic collapse in the final weeks of the 2007 season.

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2 thoughts on “Today in Mets’ History: The formula that was 2006.

  1. yes. we like our starters to give us a mediocre 5 innings before we hand it off to pitchers who are not good enough to be starters.

    admittedly we had a pretty good pen in 06. Sanchez in particular. We were also pretty lucky as our rotation was in shambles and part of the season entailed going outside and seeing a guy with a broom, putting him in uniform and giving him the ball. If I remember correctly we went about 500 during a time where we had no rotation whatsoever. A pretty good feat. I think we had Cerrano on the team with the cigar and the poultry.