First up is Fernando Nieve. Following his great performance in Yankee Stadium, Nieve’s comeback to the bigs continues with his second consecutive win at Citi Field. I dont know if playing in the bright lights of New York is Nieve’s secret but he quieted the bats of a Tampa Bay Ray team that score an average of 4 runs a game. Nieve went 6 innings with 4 K’s and 1 run. Needless to say the Mets can use any (positive)surprise the baseball gods are willing to give and with the news earlier in the week that John Maine is going to be delayed coming back from the DL, Its nice to know that Nieve can be counted on to give the Mets a chance to win.
Next up is Bobby…er..um..Sean Green?? Green has 3 MUA’s and has now earned his 4th. Who would have thought that Green would take over the 8th inning? Green came in to this game no doubt trying to get some attention as the former 8th inning guy had to be bailed out the inning prior. Green game in and gave up a hit and a walk but bared down to get 3 straight k’s to leave the Mets ahead. Green now has 15 2/3 scoreless innings which is a career high for him and a much needed shot in the arm for the Mets. Green has also lowered his ERA to 4.35.
Next up is Frankie Rodriguez. I believe it is fair to say that Krod blew his first save last night against the orioles. One of the most important attributes in sports is the ability to forget. Krod came in last night with no drama and got the next three rays out in order to earn his 18th save of the year. This was the test we were all waiting for and he passed with flying colors as you dont see the true character of a person until they fail. In a time where the Mets do not have a margin of error, Krod steps up to the challenge and has shown throughout the year that he is game.
Next up is Brian Schneider. Brian earned his first MUA and first HR tonight by showing a rare display of power in Citi Field. New Yorks “other” catcher it seems at times, deposited a shot to one of the most deepest parts of the park for 3 runs and giving the Mets the lead for the majority of the game. Now, its no secret that Andy Sonnanstine is known for giving up bombs this year but more than anything the award goes to Brian for taking advantage. Something the Mets need to do in order to survive this year.
Next up is David Wright and Ryan Church. David Wright and Ryan Church gave Krod the cushion he needed by adding the insurance runs that turned out to be enough for the Met win. What makes it more gratifying is that they both came with two outs. David doubled in Alex Cora in the 3rd inning with two outs and Ryan singled in Beltran in the 8th with two out. Ryan is another welcomed surprise this year coming off injury and playing everyday. Ryan is hitting .308 for the month of June so far in 39 AB’s. A huge improvement over last month when he hit .224. I am running out of thing to say about David Wright other than i believe we are finally seeing the leadership that the Mets have been waiting for out of David. While his K’s are up this year, he is leading the league in hitting and has definitely adjusted his game to be successful in Citi Field.
Honorable Mentions (hat tip to ghostsofshea for the idea)
Daniel Murphy who went 3/4 today. It seem as if he is coming out of his slump and rewarding Manuels new found confidence in him. Pedro Feliciano for bailing out Parnell and getting his man out, leaving Upton on 3rd to keep the Mets up 1 run. Alex Cora for his performance in the Oriole series. Alex would have added 2 MUA’s for his performance that series going 6/12.
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