Coming in to this season, the Mets fan’s list of concerns about the team were longer than the line at Shake Shack at Citi Field. And if you haven’t been to the park, lemme tell ya its freakin’ long, sometimes as much as three innings! Yet suddenly the Mets are riding a seven game winning streak, are (as of this afternoon’s 7-3 sweep-completing defeat of the Dodgers) in first place, and are enjoying a delightful stream of good fortune to spur them on.
Best of all, the surge has involved all facets of the game. Baseball starts with pitching as they say and so has the Mets run. Mike Pelfrey has stepped up, Johan Santana has been himself, even Jonathan Niese and John Maine today have had some terrific efforts. The relief corps has been splendid as well. It was pitching that ignited the Mets when they took 3 out of 4 from the Cubs last week, and that got them rolling.
The dominant pitching seemed to take some pressure off the hitters, and now suddenly the heretofore completely silent bat of Jason Bay has enjoyed some modest success, with his first homer yesterday and some timely doubles and triples off the massive and deep walls of Citi. Ike Davis continues to chip in. Angel Pagan has begun to settle nicely into the leadoff spot as the Mets tinker with Reyes at #3.
Its been a subtle, gradual type of success, a success that seems to come from a different spot in the lineup each night and provide a different type of spark to edge an opponent from one night to another as well.
Only April, I know. Yet its great to dream big. Imagine the first place Mets at the trade deadline picking up Adrian Gonzalez and Roy Oswalt for the stretch drive…stranger things have happened.
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Written by Mark Reichman