It a Happy Recap edition of “3 Up and 3 Down” as the Mets win their opening series against the Marlins, two games to one.
There are many “Ups”, but I’ll give you my three in no particular order, and I’m sure you’ll have three totally different ones:
1. Terry Collins – We knew Terry Collins would be high energy, but Terry has managed these three games to win them. Let’s write off Friday night’s game against Josh Johnson. On Saturday night, Terry pressed all the right buttons in going after the win. He used his depth on the bench, and effectively used the bullpen too. On Sunday, after the Mets jumped off to a big lead early, Terry kept the pressure on in the late innings, even using Carlos Beltran to pinch hit with a big lead. Every Met has appeared in a game, except for Chris Young, and we’re only three games in. I like the way Terry is keeping the pressure on the opposition.
2. Starting Pitching – Big Mike Pelfrey only made one bad mistake Friday night, giving up the grand slam to John Buck. Jon Niese had early problems on Saturday night giving up two runs in the first inning, but calmed down and pitched great until he was pulled in the 7th inning. R.A. Dickey’s knuckler was a bit wild Sunday, but he only got tagged for one unearned run. A nice job by the front three!
3. Some Nice and Timely Hitting – David Wright hit the first home run of the season for the Mets. Willie Harris and Ike Davis also had homers this weekend. Carlos Beltran was hitting the ball sharply. All the Mets have looked pretty decent at the plate. Lets hope it continues in the colder weather later this week in Philadelphia and then at Citifield.
1. K-Rod’s Blown Save – With the Mets up by a run in the 9th inning Saturday, Frankie Rodriguez blew his first save situation of the season, allowing the Marlins to tie the game and force extra innings. Hey, blown saves are a part of the game, but this is not the way I would want to see Frankie start the season. He did not look sharp. I think it’s terribly important for K-Rod to start saving games and put last season behind him. Like it or not, we need K-Rod to save games for us this season.
2. Slow Starts Offensively – Allright, maybe I’m being picky here. Friday Josh Johnson shut the Mets down, holding them hitless over the first six innings. On Saturday the Mets had to play catch-up baseball. Thankfully on Sunday the Mets got off to a fast start in the first inning. Let’s hope the Mets can continue to get off to a quick start and not have to play catch-up. I have to say, the thought that the Mets would be no hit on Friday night entered my mind.
3. Some Sloppy Baseball – Terry Collins sent the fans a letter Friday telling them they will see baseball the way its supposed to be played. Sadly we saw a fly ball drop between Jose Reyes and Brad Emaus (watching the replay on SNY, I didn’t see anyone call for it). Josh Thole rounded first a little too aggressively Saturday night tripped and got thrown out. Little things to be sure, but lets not let them become habits, and let’s not give the opposing team any extra outs.