2006_04_smetslogo.jpgMet fans had to be disappointed with their team's 5-3 loss to the Phillies Thursday afternoon, but they likely got a kick of out WFAN personalities Chris Russo and Mike Francesa in their role as commenators. The hosts of Mike and the Mad Dog won't make Gothamist forget Bob Murphy, but they didn't disgrace themselves either. Russo did seven innings of play by play, and he brought his usual energy and trademark cackling laugh to the booth. He developed some catchphrases (each inning ended with "and that's that") and pointed out the absurdity of the contest which awarded a listener if the Mets turned a triple play in a particular inning. Francesa's play by play did not match Russo's, but they worked well together and gave basic and tolerable color commentary.

As for the game, the Mets saw Jeremi Gonzalez give up two home runs in the first inning, but the game wasn't decided until Pedro Feliciano gave up two runs in the seventh. Gonzalez might not have a rotation spot much longer after the Mets stole Orlando Hernandez from the Diamondbacks. As Russo and Francesa pointed out several times during the broadcast, the Phillies needed this game to stay within sight of the Mets. They now trail by four games, but no one ever won a pennant in May.

In more Mets news, they traded for another pitcher, acquiring Dave Williams from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league rightly Robert Manuel. In his eight starts this season, Williams is 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA.