Good rubber game win today guys!
First up Livan “The Cool” Hernandez. Talk about one of the most under rated signings in the off season. Livan lowered his era from over 4 to a cool 3.88 with his 7 innings 0 ER ball. The Nationals must hate facing this guy as in 2 starts against them this year, they only were able to scratch out 1 run in 16 innings of work. Livan has been nothing but money for the Mets and now is 5-1 for the season. So much for fighting to be the 5th starter.
Next up is David Wright. I think we are seeing the beginnings of Wright developing a leadership quality. Since Cliff Floyd left, David was said to be the next in line to be the leader of the Mets, better late then never. David even when he was cold was still hitting above .300. Since Carlos Beltrans verbal smack down for the Mets in the media, Wright has gone 7 for 10 and has raised his average from .326 to .345. Wright was out to make a point this series and show hustle. While he has tried to do this almost to a flaw(bone head plays on sat), he has definitely made his point at the plate. Well done.
Next up is Fernando Martinez. One day after the Mets decided to stick with Fmart over Brown(a difficult decision mind you ;p), Fmart responds by scoring two runs and hustling to cause the Nationals to commit their 54th error of the year. Fmart slowly but surely has been raising his average from .176 to .200. Opinions about Fmarts performance so far have been a dime a dozen, but i feel it is not fair to expect this kid to hit .300 and 20 HRs. Its hard to remember sometimes that this kid is 20 years old and has pretty much been labeled the savior of the Mets. While that may be one day, that day is not any time soon. I will say however that he has looked much more comfortable at the plate every time up and that is always a good thing.
Next up Dan “I eat pitchers for breakfast” Murphy. Murphy has had a bit of a cold streak of late but he definitely broke out of that today. Murphy went 2 for 4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Murph is an important piece of this cog in my opinion because he can give the protection Wright needs in order to get pitches to hit. Plus on days that Sheffield plays and bats cleanup, Murphy can hit 6th or 7th to give us production down there to continue an offense strike. Daniel raised his average for the year to .247 and hopefully he is on his way to getting hot. The team could definitely use that.
Last up is Ryan Church. Welcome back Mr. Church first and foremost. Church responded well on his comeback going 2 for 5 and scoring a run. He also made some great plays in the field. Hopefully we will see more from Church as Manuel has said that Church will be his starter going forward. This could present an argument for those who feel that Fmart will be wasting his time sitting on the bench as most likely Sheffield will get the second starting spot. While this concern is valid, the Mets will soon face the Yankees and Manuel has said that Fmart will start while Sheffield occupys the DH. In either event, having Church back is a plus on this team and hopefully he can pick up where he left off.