6 in a row? Sure.
First place? You bet.
The Mets are rolling, having taken the last 6 games, 2 each, from the Phils, Braves and Pirates, and they are getting contributions up and down the lineup and from the entire pitching staff.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who was suspended for the game, watched with Omar Minaya in the GM's suite. Bench Coach Sandy Alomar, Sr was at the helm and enjoyed watching his team throttle their overmatched opponent.
"It was a great pleasure to help the ballclub. Actually, it was the ballclub who was helping me today," Alomar said.
The Mets had a season-high 17 hits on the day, and 13 of those came in the form of a single--small ball--little ball. That little ball helped produce 10 runs on a day in which the offense scored in 5 of the 8 innings they appeared.
The catalyst of all this little ball mayhem was the man at the top of the order, Jose Reyes.
Mark Hale of the NY Post has a nice article on Reyes and the spark he provides.
"It makes me young, just watching him," 40-year-old Gary Sheffield said of Jose Reyes. "The energy he has, I've never seen a player like him."
In his last three games, Reyes has gone 6-for-14 with a homer, four RBIs, four runs and two steals. Prior to Friday's two-hit effort against the Pirates, the leadoff sparkplug hadn't had a multi-hit game since April 21.
"I think I've been feeling a lot better lately," Reyes said. "Just feel more comfortable at home plate."
"As long as he stays back, he's going to be fine," GM Omar Minaya said.
Reyes finished the day 3 for 5 with a run scored and 3 RBIs.
Several Mets had big day at the plate, including Carlos Beltran (2 hits including a homerun), Carlos Delgado (2 hits, including a double), David Wright (2 hits, including a triple, and two RBIs), and Gary Sheffield and and Fernando Tatis (2 hits and an RBI each).
John Maine moved to 3-2 on the season with 6 solid innings, though Maine himself wasn't particularly satisfied with the way he pitched.
"It was tough for me for some reason. They just hit the ball right at people. I got lucky with that and the offense did a great job. The next thing you know the game's over with. I didn't have many walks (two, one intentional), but the control could have been better. I didn't have much today, and I had to battle through it."
After Maine was through, Ken Takahashi and Brian Stokes came in to pitch the final three innings. The two gave up a hit each and no runs, and Takahashi, who I've dubbed the "Japanese Assassin," struck out two.
All in all a great day for the Mets--a feel good game where the club fired on all cylinders.
The only down note was Ramon Castro tweaking his quad. Metsradamus just might have a prize for you.
Today the Mets go for 7 in a row with Livan Hernandez on the hill.
Enjoy your coffee!
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