Even after an impressive 8-3 win over the Rockies, don’t expect me to gloat as much over a win or agonize as much over a loss as I once did throughout the season. Wins and losses don’t mean as much anymore given the Mets current circumstances. Instead, I look for outward signs of hope for next season because the way I see it, the Mets are officially in 2010 mode.
There were certainly a couple of positive developments for the Mets yesterday, as they took the series finale and avoided the sweep.
Pat Misch started the game and delivered another spectacular performance, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in seven innings. As unbelievable as this may sound, it was the first Major League win of Misch’s career after logging 55 major league appearances and twelve starts over the course of three years. Wow. To say that Misch was elated after the game would be an understatement.
“It’s better than setting records,” Misch said of the long-awaited win. “It’s a good feeling. It’s stuff that you dream of and you think about. Did you think it would take this long? Who knows. No one’s got the answer. I’m just pretty excited.”
Let’s hope his next win comes much more quickly.
Misch has looked good in his two starts and unlike other Mets starters, he has this uncanny ability to throw strikes… Lots of them. It was his second straight solid start since he was installed into the rotation, and he now bears watching. Misch is 1–0 with a 1.92 in his last two starts and working in his favor is that he lasted into the seventh inning each time. Now there’s something we don’t see too much from a Mets starter.
Another significant and positive development was the not-so-long anticipated Major League debut of catcher Josh Thole. Thole wasted no time in notching his first hit after driving a single into right field to get his Major League career off to a good start. He later drove another pitch to centerfield which hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Here is a video of his first hit:
Thole finished 2-for-5 on the day and even managed to steal second base. If you judge him by the results, he also caught and called a solid game in this Mets victory despite the passed ball.
The Mets exploded for 16 hits in the game, most of them coming from 2009 All Star, Jason Marquis.
In addition to Thole’s two hits, Angel Pagan, Anderson Hernandez, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, all had multihit games, with Pagan and Wright picking up three hits apiece. Daniel Murphy hit his eighth homer of the year, and how ironic will it be if he ends up leading the Mets in that category? He is only two away from team leader, Gary Sheffield, who has ten.
It was good to see David Wright attacking the zone and having a solid day in only his second start since being activated off the disabled list. I think we can all breathe easy as all the doomsday prophets were wrong about the wisdom in letting him play.
One more thing, Angel Pagan collected three more hits and is now batting .303 with a .346 OBP and a .504 SLG in 234 at-bats or roughly half a season worth of at-bats. Could he be having his breakout season at age 28? The switch hitting Pagan, hits left handers and right handers equally well, and he is certainly starting to look like a real find that will be forcing the issue that he deserves to play everyday. I have been emphatic on this site that he is nothing more than a fourth outfielder, but as each day passes, Pagan keeps proving me wrong. Let’s see how he does in September and then we’ll have an entire off season to debate his role on the 2010 Mets.
So another game, and another win, and some good vibes all over.