First up is Angel Pagan. What a year this guy is having. He is hitting .325 with a .426 OBP(no wonder it feels like he is always on base lol). Angel got a 2 out double to drive in Valdez after Maine sacrificed him to 2b. Angel however departed later in the game due to some groin/hamstring issues after he played a double off the wall by Hanley Ramirez. We all hope he is ok as he and Castillo have been delivering a 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. Angel has done well this year subbing for Beltran and playing in LF.
Next up is Fernando Martinez. A night after he got his first ML hit, Fmart drove in Sheffield on a double. Sheffield got to second via a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Murphy(noticing a theme here ;p). Jerry put Fernando in the spot light with that play and Fmart delivered. I guess once he got the first hit out of the way, he returned to being what he is known by in Met circles as “The Teenage Hitting Machine”. Good Job Fmart as im sure this is one MUA of many to come.
Third up is Omir Santos. Just one day after Santos ran Castro out of town, he delivers what turned out to be the game winning run via a very well hit double down the left field line. Somewhere Omar Minaya is smiling. Omir is hitting a cool .273 with 3HRs and 17 RBI’s. Im sure people will view Omir as lighting in a bottle and expect him to come down to earth eventually(based off his minor league numbers) but i think we can come to expect what we have seen from Omir so far. I mean he just has such a compact swing that he will make contact at the very least. By the way, he is tied with Shef for MUA’s…This should be an interesting race between these two.
Last up is Jerry Manuel. Welcome to the National League Jerry! Todays game was won on small ball. Daniel Murphy and John Maine both executed excellent sacrifice bunts to move the runners over while Fmart and Angel drove in those runners. Jerry took a page out of bobby cox’s playbook today and called an NL style game. He also saw that Putz was not looking good on the mound and went to Bobby Parnell who did allow a run but nothing after that to keep the Mets with a lead for K-rod. Lets hope this is a game plan that Manuel will revisit more often than not this season.