First up is Livan Hernandez. Talk about having a teams number. Livan turned in a quality start on Monday by going 7 innings with only 2 earned runs. Livan with his vicotry has now won 8 straight against the Nationals including a 3-0 record this year with a 1.17 ERA. With the news that Fernando Nieve will be out for 6 weeks with a muscle tear and the news that the Mets are planning to release Tim Redding after their road trip, Livan had to step up his game big time. With his outing against the Nationals, he has at least secured another outing to keep his spot in the rotation.
Next up is Jeff “Frenchy” Francoeur. Thank you frenchy for reminding us what a home run looks like. Jeff had a nice night, going 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Frenchy has now batted in 7 RBI’s in his last 7 games. Frenchy also hit is first home run as a Met. The whole point in the move of Church and Frenchy was for Jeff to supply more power to the Mets lineup. While his first few games did not really showcase this, he sure made up for it on Monday. He also made a pretty nice throw from the outfield to almost nail Kearns at home. If there is any upside to this trade, its the fact that the Mets do not lose much in the defense department with frenchy out there.
Last up is Daniel Murphy. Daniel had a good night by going 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. Dan got the party started in the first by doubling in Angel Pagan to put the Mets on the board. The Mets have scored six runs or more just six times in 25 game since Carlos Beltran has been gone. Murphy is currently 4th on the Mets for RBI’s(31) and second in games played(87). The Mets are going to need Murph to regain his second half stroke from last season where he hit .313 to finish strong.
Angel Pagan for a 2-4 night and 2 runs scored
Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green for earning their 7th and 11th hold of the season respectively