The Mets showed a nice ability to ride an emotional roller coaster and come out ahead last night. The key sequence was an outrageously terrible call at third base, where Jose Reyes, sliding in with a triple, was erroneously ruled out for oversliding the bag, even though his fingers remained glued to the base in full view of quick-thumbed umpire Marvin Hudson.
Reyes went ballistic, bouncing around like a ping pong ball in a lottery selection machine. The Mets had good reason to pout. But what makes a team strong and resilient is when teammates pick each other up. And that’s exactly what Daniel Murphy did, smacking a bad-call-neutralizing home run that lifted the Mets right out of their deflated state. When the dust settled the Mets had come back from behind twice in the late innings, and just for good measure piled up some runs on the Nats closer committee member Sean Burnett witha big 2-run double from Murphy.
So while “Murphy’s Law” suggests things that can go bad will, Murphy was instead a powerful force to reverse momentum.
The Amazin’s unexpected 6-game winning streak coincides with the return of Jason Bay, who has come off the DL with his bat working in mid-season form. Plus the insertion of an effective Bay into the lineup promises more hittable pitches for those sandwiching him in the order, Beltran and Davis last night. Ike has been the Mets hottest hitter, but as the summer wears on it can only help to have other run producers taking on some of the pressure.
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Written by Mark Reichman