Me on the Mets: Some early bright spots
April 22, 2010 - Richard Rosentreter
We are now approaching the fourth week of the baseball season, and the Mets have not gotten off to a good start. But it’s not really THAT bad.
Consider that the popular regional team the Boston Red Sox have the same record. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were a playoff team last year are 7-7. It’s still way early in the season.
And at least the Mets aren’t doing as bad as the Baltimore Orioles who are a woeful 2-14.
That said, just because the Yankees (boooo) are 11-3, another World Championship is NOT in the bag. That’s why the games are played. Anything can happen.
In regard to the Mets, I’m not overflowing with optimism yet, but there have been some bright spots.
Let’s begin with the call up of firstbaseman Ike Davis. I think he should have started the season with the big club, but he’s with the team now — and it certainly appears as if he’s the real deal. He appeared poised and confident at the plate in his first game on Friday (April 16), he had a hit in his first Major League at bat, and went 2 for 4 on the night as the Mets beat the Cubs 6-1.
Davis also made a "highlight film-type" catch in Wednesday's 9-3 loss to the Cubs.
Mike Pelfrey appears to have finally reached his expectations, is pitching “lights out’ and has a 3-0 record. But let’s not forget his save in the 20-inning marathon (2-1 victory) against the Cardinals on national television on Saturday (April 17).
The “lowly” Mets would have lost that game — but this team hung on for a win. In the bottom of the 14th inning, the Cardinals had men on second and third and no outs... the winning run just 90 feet away. And the Mets held them.
And right now, that’s the theme. Hold on while Jason Bay and David Wright are in hitting slumps. Hold on and fight .... develop that winning attitude.
The Mets finish a four-game series with the Cubs today (4/22) and play the Atlanta Braves at home on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Then they host the Dodgers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then they head on the road to play the N.L. East favorite Philadelphia Phillies ... the first REAL test of the season.
Let’s Go Mets. Ya Gotta Believe!
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