I’ll get to the recap in a minute, but first I gotta tell you something funny before I forget. I was on the phone with a buddy of mine on Tuesday night and we were lamenting the fact that the trade deadline came and went without so much as a peep from Sandy Alderson. Surprise, surprise, right?
He goes on to tell me how he wishes the Mets turn it around and by some miracle come to within a half game of a Wild Card spot with one game left for all the marbles – game number 162.
“Then Jason Bay goes 0-for-5 with five strikeouts, three with the bases loaded”, he said.
“Daniel Murphy makes two huge errors, Josh Thole has two passed balls and allows three stolen bases, Jon Rauch walks three straight batters, Ramon Ramirez relieves him and walks in two runs before being replaced by Frank Francisco who allows a walk-off grand slam on the first pitch he throws to Jose Reyes to complete the Marlins 7-6 comeback over the Mets and deny them the post season.”
Okay, I didn’t remember all the exact details, but it was a crazy, nightmarish scenario like that. We both started cracking up before saying goodbye and ending the call.
Well, with that in mind, here’s today’s Happy Recap…
Break up the Mets! The Amazins’ won again this afternoon and beat the Giants 9-1 to grab their first series win of the second half.
It looks like the Mets are fired up again and have won three of their last four games since GM Sandy Alderson pointed to their recent poor performance as reason for him to take a different tact and shift into 2013 mode.
Chris Young, who had been struggling mightily of late, was in a word – OUTSTANDING. He delivered what was arguably his best performance of the year as he stymied the Giants offense for seven innings before being removed for a pinch hitter in the eight. Young allowed one run on four hits, walked none and struck out four. He was dominating right from the start - retiring 11 of the first 13 batters he faced, The only blemish was a sac-fly after a Melky Cabrera leadoff triple.
If Young keeps pitching like this, I fear he may become “too pricey” for the Mets to keep.
Who among you scoffed when you saw Ronny Cedeno’s name penciled into today’s starting lineup at second base. Come on, admit it, lets see those hands…
Making a rare start at second base, Cedeno delivered a huge performance going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a whopping five runs-batted in!
Where was Daniel Murphy you ask? Well he was at first base of course and chipped in with two big hits, driving in a run with one of them, while scoring a pair.
Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit except for Rob Johnson who went 0-for-5 and stranded six runners. Yikes!
Even Jason Bay got into the act with a soft single in the first inning to drive in two runs – the first two runs of the game. He then proceeded to take the rest of the game off at the plate. <cough> <cough>
Anyhow, that’s the gist of everything.
The Mets save some face, show some fight, produce some resiliency, and now fly into San Diego for a weekend series to duke it out with one of the worst teams in the league. A sweep and the Mets are right back in the Wild Card race. Believe it.
And a very hearty Lets Go Mets to all of you…