Last night’s 11-1 spanking of the Phillies marked the 81st game of the Mets season. As we all know this means that Mets baseball is half way through the ’12 season, and the Mets record stands at a respectable 44-37.
I am sure that if you polled most Mets fans ( including myself) the consensus would be the Mets win total at this period of time would be in the mid 30′s.
So this led me to ponder some things about this team.
Ruben Tejada is the biggest surprise of all. Yes he hasn’t made us entirely forget about a once dread locked shortstop who now makes his residence in South Beach, but Tejada has proven that he isn’t exactly the second coming of Frank Taveras either. He is patient at the plate, and aggressive in the field.
I was in Tampa for the first games of the Mets/Rays series last month, and thanks to the great folks at the Media Relations department, I was able to be on the field for batting practice ( video coming soon). The one thing I can say after meeting Jon Rauch ( and shaking his hand) – He’s a giant.
I think that Terry Collins deserves the bulk of the credit for the success of this team so far. He is a quietly confident manager, and the team has latched on to the way he carries himself.
I am ecstatic over the “overnight success” of R.A Dickey.
I feel that just like Tommy John before him, Johan Santana is the poster boy for the kind of surgery that he has successfully returned from. Also much kudos for pitching the Mets first ever no-hitter !!!
Like I said before the season started – just because your buy almost every top notch free agent available on the market – it will not ensure a winning season – I’m looking at you Miami !!!
And lastly, It gives me great pleasure to see Charlie Manuel and his Phillies channel their inner ’10 Jerry Manuel’s Mets ( trying to tread water until their stars come back from the disabled list).
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Shortstop from ’83-’84, José Oquendo is 49 (1963) . Jose has been a fixture as the Cardinals third base coach for nearly a decade.
The New York Mets sold the contract of middle reliever, Butch Metzger to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 4, 1978.
The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Miguel Batista on July 4, 2011. Miguel has been a useful addition to the Mets pitching squad. He has proved to be effective in the role of a spot starter/middle reliever.
I predict Mo Vaughn will set a new worlds record by downing 200 hot dogs at today’s Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. I also predict that a Hazmat unit will have to be summoned after the contest in order to treat the crowd to exposure to his deadly, noxious gas !!!!