3 Up & 3 Down: Hitting The Trifecta In Tampa Edition

An article by posted on June 15, 2012

The amazing quality of 2012 Mets is their ability to bounce back time and time again. It’s a team that you just can’t write off (and that’s something we haven’t seen from recent Met teams). After a wasted weekend up in the Bronx, the Mets went down to Tampa, to visit the Rays. The Mets looked pretty solid over the three game set, sweeping the Rays away and getting back to their winning ways. Here are the 3 & 3.

3 Up:

  • R.A. Dickey: It seems like Dickey is here after every start, and why not, he’s now 10-1. He also holds the team lead for shutout innings. After every start this year, we’ve been wondering if he could duplicate or improve on that success in his next start, but he keeps going out there and gets better and better. On Wednesday night Dickey threw a one hitter, and faced two batters over the limit! What a season it has been so far for R.A.!
  • Chris Young: Young gets this spot for another good outing Tuesday night. Young went 5.2 innings giving up 2 runs. More important, it was another quality start, and the Mets suddenly have a good starting rotation!
  • The Entire Offense: It is hard to single out just one guy who contributed on offense. Whether it was Valdespien on Tuesday, Nieuwenhuis on Thursday, Bay on Thursday, or Ike, Murph, or anyone else. This sweep was a true team effort. the Mets scored 29 runs this series!! Well done.

3 Down:

  • Is Johan Okay: I have to say it, I’m a little concerned about Johan. He was knocked around last Friday night at Yankee Stadium, and though he fared better on Tuesday, he still didn’t appear as sharp as he had in earlier starts. Let’s hope Johan isn’t hiding an injury.
  • No No-No: The Mets are appealing David Wright’s play of B.J. Upton’s hit on Wednesday night, but don’t expect MLB to overrule the scorer. Plays that 15 or 20 years ago would have been scored as errors are no longer scored that way. Look no further than down #3.
  • Catch The Ball: Early in Tuesday night’s game both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda lost balls against the domed ceiling. These two missed balls prompted Keith Hernandez to wonder if the Mets even took outfield practice prior to the game. I know I’m old school, but I expect professional, highly compensated outfielder to be able to catch a flyball. If they muff it, it’s an error, not a hit. But the scorer ruled them both base hits. If that’s the case Upton’s shot to Wright was also a hit.

The Reds are at Citifield this weekend, and my all-time favorite Met, Keith Hernandez gets honored with a bobble head on Sunday! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s at home, and as always LGM!!

I’m Keith Hernandez.

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Gregg lives on Long Island, and has been a Mets fan since Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose slugged it out in the 1973 playoffs. "Keith Hernandez is the best defensive first baseman to ever have played baseball."

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