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Off the plate?

So did anyone notice, with runners on first and second and one out in a game the Mets led 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the 2-0 pitch to Chris Snelling? The ball appeared to be well off the plate, yet it was called a strike by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. That changed the at-bat, making it 2-1, and Snelling eventually struck out.

How about the 3-0 pitch to pinch hitter Robert Fick, who hit for Jason Bergmann, who had just another very very very solid start (seven innings, one run)? The ball was a foot off the plate, wasn't it? Yet it was called a strike. Fick then swung through John Maine's 3-1 offering, fouled back a 3-2 pitch, and then swung through a down-and-in, 93-mph fastball to end the inning.

Mets still lead, 1-0. Now I'm no homer, but I think both of those pitches weren't called correctly.

Attendance today: 27,361. I think most of those people are here. But since Opening Day, no crowds of 30,000.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 29, 2007; 3:33 PM ET
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