Last night’s Mets win over the Miami Marlins in my opinion was crucial. Yes it is still early in the season, and yes it’s more than likely that the Mets will not be competing for a playoff berth come late September, but still if there was a game that could be seen as a turning point for the season – this was it.
First off we found out early in the day that both Jason Bay and Mike Pelfrey were heading to the disabled list. Yes Bay has not been setting the world on fire this season, but Pelfrey for the past two games has been providing quality starts ( with a lack of run support). It is quite possible that Bay could be out for more than the minimum 15 day disabled list, and it seems that it is more than possible that Pelfrey may require season ending shoulder surgery due to what is said to be a tear in is U.C.L.
But did the team take this news and simply close up shop ? No – if anything I believe the pre-game events may have spurred and reinforced the ”us against the world” mentality that exudes from this clubhouse. Johan Santana – almost 2 years removed from one of the hardest shoulder surgeries to rehab from looked like his former M.V.P self. He limited the Marlins to 1 run on 3 hits while dueling Marlins ace, Josh Johnson. With the Mets down 1-0 late in the game this team could have just packed it in for the night ( something they did regularly during the Manuel regime).
I give Mets manager Terry Collins the bulk of the credit here. He has instilled a never say die mentality, and is not afraid to confront players that seem to be mailing it in.
The question remains if the Mets can overcome the possible long term loss of Pelfrey. Their pitching depth in the minors is thin ( don’t expect to see Harvey or Famillia up in the near future) and I am sure that Miguel Batista is not the every fifth day answer. But hey you never know what can happen unless your backs are against the wall – sometimes AMAZIN can happen !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reliever from the ’69 season, Bob Johnson is 69 (1943). He appeared in two games for the Mets that season, earning one save and not allowing a run.
Reserve outfielder from the ’98 season, Tony Phillips is 53 (1959).
Spot starter/middle reliever from ’89-’91, Blaine Beatty is 48 (1964).
Mets middle reliever from the ’98 season, Brad Clontz is 41 (1971). Brad appeared in 2 games for the Mets, and incurred a E.R.A of 9.00 .
Mo Vaughn was at last nights game. He said that he was indifferent to Jose Reyes’s return to Citi Field last night. He was too busy eating the nachos grande !!!