First off I would like to wish the staff of this fine blog as well as all of the readers who follow us a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.
What a difference three games make. On Wednesday most Mets fans ( myself included) along with most of the national and local sports media were about to start shoveling the first clumps of dirt on the Mets ’11 season. Well since the return of Jason Bay most people have had to begrudgingly stop the eulogies and stood up to take notice because for the moment at least this supposed corpse still has a pulse.
I have been saying since the second week of the season that this team has been playing short handed in Bay’s absence. It was obvious that his presence in the Mets line up was hindering the Mets batters from seeing better pitches. Since his return the offense has been a run scoring juggernaut when it comes to there being two outs and runners in scoring position. During yesterday’s game, Bay hit a homer run that I could only take as a veiled threat to the rest of the National League teams. that statement is ” Pitch me inside, pitch to me outside , I don’t care because I am going to feast on your pitchers !! ” I know that a three game winning streak does not mean this team is totally out of the mire, but this team seems to be full of life, and a air of positivity seems to be creeping back into the attitudes of the players. Mike Pelfrey who although didn’t look great in my opinion, still shutdown the Diamondbacks offense for several innings. Dillion Gee is still showing that you don’t have to possess a 95 plus mph fastball to be a good major league pitcher, and even though he is still shaky in the field, Daniel Murphy is showing that he is more than capable at second base.
I maintain that this team will be a .500 or better team this season, and who knows if Johan comes back and is anywhere close to last years form- well I feel that the Wild Card is definitely not out of the question !!
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include :
One of the most underrated pitchers in Mets history, Pat Zachry is 59 (1952) . Lets face it, Pat had big shoes to fill when he came to the Mets on the heels of the ” Midnight Massacre”. He pitched rather well when he was healthy, but the fans never fully warmed up to him because no one at that time could replace Tom Seaver.
The man who a vocal minority of Mets fans love to hate, outfielder Carlos Beltran is 34 (1977). I hope Carlos keeps up his clutch hitting, it’s great to see his detractors squirm !!!
Sadly on this date in 1992, utility infielder from the ’63 Mets team – Elio Chacon passed away.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays claimed middle reliever, Brian Rose of the New York Mets on waivers on April 24, 2001.
Mo Vaughn will be eating his weight in roast pork, jelly beans and Cadbury eggs today. Trust me folks it won’t be a pretty sight !!!