Last night I woke up to the sounds of SNY anchor, Chris Carlin talking about the Mets come from behind 7-4 victory over the much hated Phillies of Philadelphia. I must have fallen asleep just after emergency starter, Miguel Batista was roughed up for 4 runs in the first 2 innings.
It was easy to write off the game last night as a loss. Batista is no way near the second coming of Tom Seaver ( he’s not even the second coming of Anthony Young), yet he did settle down to put in 5 innings of work. That is where the offense took over, coming back to score 7 runs against a Phillies bullpen that on paper is considered rock solid.
But just like I have been saying, just because something looks good on paper doesn’t mean it will play out that way in real life. Look at the Phillies, they are currently in last place – yet they have been predicted by many of the “intelligentsia” as being the team to beat in the N.L East. Same thing goes with the newly revamped Miami Marlins, who shopped at Nordstrom’s while the Mets were dumpster diving in the back of the local 5 Below.
The point is this Mets team as of right now is playing like a contender. No deficit is to high to overcome, and individual players are stepping up to contribute. This team has lost Mike Pelfrey for the season due to season ending surgery. Ike Davis hasn’t hit yet, and the bullpen has shown to be erratic so far. Yet this team still pereveres.
Johan Santana is looking like he did before he was sidelined for the past 2 seasons due to a shoulder injury. David Wright is on fire, and Daniel Murphy is proving to be better than adequate at second base – as well as at the plate.
Look, I admit that it is only the middle of May and there is still 4 months of baseball left, in fact – we have seen the Mets this good this early in the season for the past 5 seasons. It is most probable that this team will not be in the post season this year, but Sandy Alderson has been correct thus far when he said that this season’s team would be fun to watch.
This team has embraced up the “Why not us ?” mantra, and why should’t they have something to prove ? Well they proved it on Monday night when they were able to hang in against Roy Halliday – one of the best pitchers of the last 10 years, and coming back last night, it makes it easier to believe that this organization has turned the page and is on the road back to respectability.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets utility man from the ’67/’68 seasons, Jerry Buchek is 70 (1942) .
The New York Mets traded original catcher, Hobie Landrith to the Baltimore Orioles for first baseman ( and Mets folk hero) ” Marvelous” Marv Throneberry on May 9, 1962.
The New York Mets released pitcher, Craig Swan on May 9, 1984. Swan was the Mets ace from the lean years of the late ’70′s/early ’80′s. He had suffered from numerous shoulder injuries – including a torn rotator cuff.
The New York Mets claimed middle reliever, Mark Dewey on waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 9, 1991.
New York Mets signed free agent spot starter/middle reliever, Doug Linton on May 9, 2001.
The New York Mets signed free agent starting pitcher, Brian Lawrence on May 9, 2007.He was signed to provide depth for a starting rotation that had suffered from injuries. He didn’t impress though, going 1-2 with a 6.83 E.R.A in 6 starts.
Mo Vaughn likes to watch Phillies fans eat their fair share of humble pie !!!