Well the Mets have done something that they haven't done since the first week of this season. No it's not driving runs in scoring position - that still is an enigma onto itself. No what I am referring to is the Mets scratching and clawing themselves to the .500 mark , coming withing two games of the first place Philadelphia Phillies. I believe since the the demotion of Mike Jacobs, and the call-up of Ike Davis this team has transformed itself from I team that looked listless in the field and at the plate to a team that has been showing signs of fight. Even on this recent home stand against the Cubs and Braves, the Mets have battled and triumphed against some fine pitching, even coming from behind to win a few games. Take Yesterday for instance, Jonathan Neise gutted his way through 5 1/3 innings against the Braves, giving up one run on six hits , while the Mets offense was shut down by fireballer Jair Jurrgens. This is a game that a few weeks ago would be chalked up as a loss,but the Mets would breakthrough in the sixth on a double by Jeff Francouer and later on with insurance runs by Jason Bay. The question is can the Mets sustain this level of play, making this pennant chase a tight one? Well it is too early to tell, but if you adhere to this years slogan, Then YA GOTTA BELIEVE ! " The Mets seem to be running on all cylinders !"
And now ... ON WITH THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to reliever from the '69 season, Bob Johnson (1943) . Bob would be traded that off season along with rising star outfielder Amos Otis to the Kansas City Royals for third baseman Joe Foy. It is considered one of the most infamoustrades in Mets history.
Outfielder Tony Phillips is 51. (1959)Relief pitcher Blaine Beatty is 46. (1964)Reliever from the '98 team,Brad Clontz is 39. (1971)And todays Mo Vaughn tidbit - his favorite band is A Taste Of Honey .