Sheets set to add to success against the Mets
When Ben Sheets gained the sense that he might have a chance to pitch in the Majors again, he first and foremost wanted to be with a team that could reach the playoffs. The Braves fit this description and had the geographic advantage of being relatively close to his family’s residence in Louisiana.
While spending nearly two years under the assumption he was retired, Sheets developed an even stronger bond with his 10-year-old son Seaver and five-year-old son Miller. Leaving them would be tough. But the two young boys have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of their father’s improbable comeback.
Well everything but that one loss Sheets suffered when he allowed the Marlins three runs in 6 2/3 innings on Aug. 1.
“They’re pumped up,” Sheets said. “My oldest one cried after that one loss. I was like dude, I went 4-10 in Oakland. Really dude? You’re going to cry over that one?”
Much has happened since Sheets endured his painful surgery-shortened season in Oakland in 2010. If you need a refresher click here.
As the Braves attempt to sweep the Mets tonight, a national television audience will be watching Sheets attempt to add to the wonder of this year’s most inspiring comeback story.
In his first five starts since the 2010 concluded, Sheets has posted a 1.41 ERA and compiled 32 innings. While working into the eighth inning against the Phillies on Monday, he did not record a strikeout. It marked the second time in his career that he has pitched at least five innings without recording a strikeout.
“Maybe it was luck,” Sheets said. “Maybe it was learning to pitch. I don’t care. I’m not going to question it. I struck out eight the game before.”
Sheets’ comeback began on July 15 when he limited the Mets to two hits over six scoreless innings. As a matter of fact, the last run he surrendered against the Mets came courtesy of a Carlos Delgado sacrifice fly on April 12, 2008. He enters tonight having not allowed a run in his past 17 2/3 innings against the Mets.
both of his sons might have been a little too young to understand exactly what they were experiencing. But Seaver has certainly