2006_04_smetslogo.jpgBilly Wagner owes his first baseman a word of thanks. Carlos Delgado's 12th-inning home run gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh Wednesday and took the sting off the closer's third blown save of the season. Mets fans can breath a sigh of relief the Mets didn't lose to the woeful Pirates, who have just two road wins this year.

Things started and ended rosy for the Mets, but Wagner's troubles made the middle of the game unpleasant. Pedro Martinez lasted 6 innings and should have picked up his sixth win in as many starts. The Mets' offense struggled against Pittsburgh's Ian Snell, but it woke up just in time. Their bullpen helped make it possible. Gothamist loves how the relievers have performed so far. Wagner's blown saves have been blown out of propotion. As long as he strikes out a man an inning, like he, Duaner Sanchez and Aaron Heilman have done, the Mets relief will be fine. Having Delgado around doesn't hurt the relievers' cause either.