There are many fans that are going to spend some time on how the Mets made a 10-1 ball game a stressful one.
There were plenty of things to be encouraged about from last night’s game. Let’s examine a few.
David Wright Stepped Up
Some may disagree with this. I think he is going to face unrealistic expectations from the Mets fan base for the rest of the his career.
Last night, he drove in four runs, including a huge three run double in the first inning that set the tone early.
What I found interesting about that hit is that he didn’t show any kind of exhilaration upon reaching second. No pointing to the sky, no pounding his chest, not even a clap of his hands.
This could mean one of two things.
1. He expects to do this, so he felt no need to celebrate. It his job.
2. He has developed a bit of a chip on his shoulder after all he has gone through. Maybe a little bit of anger.
I’m not sure what to think if the second option is true. On one hand, I like a little bit of anger from D Wright. He has always come off as a nice guy. A little bit of fire may not be a bad thing.
On the other hand, this could be a sign of resentment that he may have for the pressure he had faced as a Met with very little support from his team mates over the last two years.
Either way, I was impressed with his showing last night. He only had one hit, but I’ll take four RBI’s any day. At the end of the day, that’s what counts for your franchise player.
The Mets bats came to play. They collected 10 runs on 15 hits.
Even more impressive than their ten runs, is the fact that they only struck out three times in 39 at bats (none of which were David Wright).
Rod Barajas delivered his team leading 1oth home run of the season and knocked in two in the game.
Ike Davis and Jason Bay each had three hits.
Side note on Davis: Keep in mind this is a rookie that was originally assigned to the minors for the season. He continues to impress and play with poise.
I like to think about Ike when things are going bad. It goes something like this…”at least Ike Davis is here and playing well”. It is the “happy place” I go to when the Mets are on a slide.
Jeff Francoeur was also productive, as he went two for five with two RBIs.
Raul Valdes’ performance was fantastic. Some may argue this point, as he gave up three runs.
I think five innings out of the bullpen when you really aren’t preparing to pseudo-start the game deserves a pat on the back.
Now that Takahashi is in the starting rotation, it is good to know that Valdes can fill the long relief role.
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when Adam Dunn stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with the bases loaded. The score was 10-6, so he represented the tying run.
Pedro Felciano didn’t appear to have his best stuff. I love how on the outside he appears extremely confident. That was a tough situation.
He came through and was able to get Dunn to strike out.
I understand, the Mets should not have been in that situation. The fact of the matter is, they got an out when it mattered.
Ask the Cincinnati Reds about how important that is.
The Mets face the dreaded Yankees.
Hisanori Takahashi faces Javier Vazquez