Delgado, Beltran, and K-rod Shine at the WBC

March 16, 2009

If you ask any Mets fan who the face of the Mets organization is, most of them would probably respond with shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright. If you went further and asked who also is an integral part of the ballclub, the answer might be centerfielder Carlos Beltran or first baseman Carlos Delgado. It’s no coincidence these four players make up the core group of individuals that have been there for the team the last few seasons, day-in and day-out. These same players are also currently participating in or have been involved with this year’s World Baseball Classic.

Looking at their performances thus far in the tournament, Delgado has been the most impressive.

C Delgado PUR: 6 for 10, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB, .600 BA

C Beltran PUR: 7 for 15, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, SB, .467 BA

D Wright USA: 5 for 19, 2 R, RBI, .210 BA

J Reyes* DOM: 1 for 9, 2 R, .222 BA

* The Dominican Republic was eliminated in the first round. Therefore, Reyes was unable to participate in the second round of the tournament.

In pitching, Francisco Rodriguez has earned his country’s stripes.

F Rodriguez VEN: 3 G, 3.1 IP, 2 SV, 6 K, 0.00 ERA

N Figueroa PUR: 3 G, 5.0 IP, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

J.J. Putz USA: 2 G, 2.0 IP, SV, 0 K, 4.50 ERA

O Perez MEX: 2 GS, 0-1 W-L, 6.2 IP, 8 K, 9.45 ERA


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