NY Sports Dog: Good Morning Mets Fans!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Good Morning Mets Fans!

The Mets absolutely pummeled the Dodgers yesterday, winning 12-1 in a game that they dominated from start to finish.

John Maine was a horse and had superb control and nice movement on his pitches, going 8 1/3 and taking a shutout into the 9th before finally wearing down.

The Mets hit, and hit, and hit, and hit with RISP, then hit some more.

Ryan Church continues to rake...what a solid player...has all the tools and is showing nice power...his slugging % is climbing nicely.

The Mets played great defense, including an acrobatic catch by Angel Pagan that Vin Scully (a class act), raved about all game long.

BTW, I decided to watch the Dodgers broadcast yesterday, and it was a real pleasure listening to Vin Scully...brought back a lot of memories...he's a national treasure.

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W: J. Maine (4-2) L: B. Penny (5-3)
HR: NYM - R. Church (6) LA - None

And we're all asking ourselves the same questions this morning---are the Mets finally ready to make their run? Have the injuries, slumps, leadership and chemistry issues now turned to the Mets favor?

I say yes, and here's why.

First look at the schedule....the Mets have an 8 day homestand with a day off up front, and then they go "away" against the Yanks, followed by another off day. Of those 11 games, there are three day games.

Our guys will be sleeping in their own beds for the next two weeks with plenty of rest.

The starters are pitching better, and yes I will include Ollie Perez here. He had an extremely rough outing two starts ago, but he looked decent against the Dodgers despite the three home runs. Ollie is going to make his run.

John Maine and Johan Santana are locks for 6+ innings of low run ball. They sport a 3.00 and 2.91 ERA respectively.

Mike Pelfrey and Figgy have kept the Mets in every game they've pitched.

The offense is getting there. Carlos Beltran hit the ball hard yesterday, and we saw good swings from David Wright, Luis Castillo, and pretty much the whole lineup.

Moises Alou singlehandedly changes this entire lineup....guys hit where they are supposed to when he's in there, and everybody can relax just that little bit more.

The Mets are continuing to take a lot of walks; in fact they are third in the National League in this category, so their OBP is decent despite a poor batting average.

Will the fans get behind these guys starting Friday? I sure as hell hope so.

This season, metaphorically speaking, is a great big amusement park, and thus far we've only ridden a handful of crappy rides. We're now in line for the big bopper rollercoaster, with the thrills and excitement we came for....the tension and excitement are mounting as we anticipate the greatness that we expected when we were on our way here....the time has finally arrived.

We'll be on that thrill ride come Friday, and we'll be on it for a long time.

Enjoy your coffee and say thanks to Willie Randolph for shaking things up a bit and a good lineup yesterday.

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