NY Sports Dog: Good Morning Mets Fans!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Good Morning Mets Fans!

And a great morning it is for the embattled Mets, who had lost their previous 5 games in a row.

Nick Evans and Claudio Vargas were the two big surprises of the day, each with a compelling story that lifted the spirits of a team admittedly in trouble.

In addition, Carlos Delgado and David Wright hit homeruns, and Carlos Beltran had 3 RBIs.

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W: C. Vargas (1-2) L: J. Francis (1-5)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (9), C. Delgado (8) COL - M. Holliday (8)

Let's start with Nick Evans, who helped the Mets in two ways. First, he stroked 3 doubles in 4 at bats, scoring once and driving in 2. That, my friends, is one hell of a debut. But more than that, he gave the team some joy, a reason to laugh, a different focus from the mental drag of individual and team slumps.

And Willie agreed, "Good way to have a debut. That's what you need. Young kid comes up, steps up and give us a little energy. He did a great, great, great job of coming in and picking us up, along with Vargas, who was outstanding, too. Get us off the schneid for a little while."

The Mets veterans also enjoyed the performance.

"First pitch he ever saw, and he hit a double," marveled veteran Carlos Delgado. "It's not that easy, I'll tell you that much."

The Mets seemed inspired from their initial outburst and piled on runs throughout the game. David Wright hit a solo shot in the 2nd inning and Carlos Delgado hit one in the 9th.

And on a day when the Mets needed Claudio Vargas to be very good, he was simply great.

Vargas went 7 innings and allowed only 2 earned runs....and did we mention that he did it on 3 days rest?

"I just tried to go deep in the ballgame," Vargas said, "I felt good. I know we've got a good team. I know we're going to win some ballgames. I think we're starting to see a lot of laughs on the faces in the dugouts."

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