First off, I want to apologize for not getting these things out sooner. It doesnt help that life got in the way right when the Mets go off on a tear lol, talk about getting exposed. Either way, im sure it will be awesome to relive these past few games in one post, get you fix with your Man Up Award winners for the last few games.
With the maturing of Pelfrey, Santana has been treated like chop liver. No run support and lately has not been able to get out of his own way but when Johan feels the love of run support, he straightened out quick. Johan didnt start out great but when he got that run support, as Manny Acta can attest to:
â€œAs soon as he got the lead, he turned it up a notch,â€ Indians manager Manny Acta said. â€œThatâ€™s what good pitchers do.â€
Johan Santana is a good pitcher that has been a bit overshadowed by Big Mike Pelfrey this year but im sure Santana does not mind as now he doesnt have to carry the pitching staff on his shoulders alone anymore.
Placido Polanco…really…Wright is the NL leading RBI man…that means he has more RBI’s than guys like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard, Hanley Ramirez, Yadier Molina, Chase Utley, Jason Heyward, Shane Victorino…basically anyone who is a lead vote on the allstar team right now. Placido Polanco…really…
Ike Davis for his 2-4 night and that homer that put the Mets on top
Jeff Francoeur for his 2-4 night
Pedro Feliciano for doing what he does best…so underrated.
Whats up with that mound in Cleveland, anyway Jonathon Niese was pretty damn good. His hook was not working for him as he would have liked but the mark of a good pitcher, especially a “feel” pitcher like Niese is adjustments. Niese used alot of cutters, fastballs and changeups to keep this a 3 run game over 7 innings. I dont know if this is a “Rod Barajas effect” or not but this kid has come in and done one hellova job in the rotation this year. The kid is 4-2 and keeps his team in the game. I cant wait for the day he puts everything together because he has great stuff and when he masters how to throw them for strikes in any count…ill let you finish that one.
Angel Pagan…a classic example of a guy given a chance to play everyday and a prime example of MANING UP! Going into the 2010 season, alot of people picked the Mets as division winners before the news broke that Beltran would be having surgery and most likely be out unitl the All Star Break. With Beltran gone, the perception of Angel was so high that the Mets made a deal to bring in Gary Matthews Jr! 3 months later and so much for that school of thought. Angel has proven himself as an everyday player. Maybe not superstar status but he is one of those guys who is intense, doesnt give an at bat away and has played an awesome center field. Pagan, who spent alot of time with Beltran has done a great job in his absence and he deserves alot more attention than what he gets.
Elmer Dessens for his 2 innings of work to close this one out and secure a win
David Wright for his 2 RBI’s in this game
I love any action picture of R.A. Dickey, he look soo intense lol. Dickey tied a club record for a starter by winning his first five decisions. Dickey is one guy with alot of cojones man. It seemed every time he was about to blow up and have an Ollie moment, it was just an opportunity to show how much he is NOT like the guy he is replacing and found a way to get out of the jam unscathed. Whether it be via strike out or some other means of an out, this guy is legit. I read on Metsblog that the Mets aquired Dickey the same day the Yankees got Vazquez from the Braves and at that time this caused alot of jokes for the Mets….cause you know, the Yankees got the better deal on that one
It was the Jose Reyes show on Thursday Night. Jose went 3-5 with an RBI and a run. Jose seemed to be everywhere on Thursday. If it was an important hit, Jose got it. If it was a crazy rediculous play on the field, it was Jose’s glove. Everyday it seems Reyes is getting back into his all star form and its been fun to watch(this part at least). Dont look now but his average is hovering at .270 and he has been hitting the cover off the ball. He has shown to have regained that explosiveness on the base paths that made him a threat when he was on. The Professor is back on the clock, start taking notes Major League Baseball.
Ike Davis with another 2-5 game with 2 RBI’s
Ruben Tejada with his 2-3 game
Elmer Dessens for his scoreless inning of work
Francisco Rodriguez for his 15th save of the year
With Godzilla(Hideki Matsui) out of New York, a new beast from the east has emerged. Hisanori Takahashi brought it to the Yankees on Friday and they had no answer for him. Takahashi dueled for 6 innings against a Money Bought tough lineup in the Yankees, no matter what a “slump” they are in. The 35 year old “rookie” is 3-1 in 6 starts since being slotted into the rotation. I know many people feel Takahashi should return to the pen at some point but to me, thats going to be one tough decision to make considering what this guy has brought to the team so far. Takahashi won me over in that 20 inning game in St Louis with his 3 strike outs…and he has continued to impress everyone who knows about him.
You wanna talk about Manning up! Angel Pagans double to score Ruben Tejada and Jose Reyes is a prime example of manning up. Angel is sitting on a .292 average(leading the Mets) and is making any information about Beltrans return become slightly insignificant. I dont know how Jerry will have the cojones to take this guy out of a lineup but someone is going to be the odd man out, Angel definitely has gotten the message and has done a ridiculously good job filling in for Carlos Beltran. Pagan is AWESOME…period.
Jose Reyes had a 2-5 game with an RBI
Jeff Francoeur had a 2-4 game