The Mets concluded the weekend series against the stripped down Miami Marlins with a big walk-off win on Sunday afternoon. The opening homestand ends with the Mets going 4-2 winning both series! Here are this weekend’s 3 Ups and 3 Downs.
Byrd’s Big Hit: Marlon Byrd was the hero Sunday afternoon with a walk-off base hit scoring Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Tejeda was hit by a pitch, Nieuwenhuis then laced a single. Good aggressive baserunning by both Ruben and Kirk gave the Mets runners on second and third with Byrd at the plate. The Marlins pulled the infield in and Byrd laced a hit down the third base line. A nice win for the Mets.
The Jeremy & Jon Show: Jeremy Hefner was the hard luck loser on Friday night, going six innings and giving up only one run ( a Greg Dobbs homer), and Jon Niese received a no-decision on Saturday afternoon, after going six innings and giving up one earned run. As a consolation for their hard work, Hefner and Niese get the number two slot here on 3 & 3. The Mets starting pitching has been pretty decent these first six games, lets hope it continues.
Fishy Phenom: Rarely do we put any opposing players as an “Up”, but the story surrounding Jose Fernandez is absolutely amazing. If I understand it correctly, Fernandez and his family tried to leave Cuba a couple of times, before eventually succeeding. Fernandez also spent some time in prison for his actions. He saved a woman who fell into the ocean during their escape – the woman he fearlessly dive into the water to save turns out being his mother. He arrives to America, is drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 Draft and makes the jump to the majors from Single-A ball to debut against the Mets. Amazing. He also pitched a pretty good game on Sunday going five innings giving up one run and striking out eight.
A Leaky Pen: After Hefner left the game on Friday the Mets bullpen came in a gave up a bunch of runs. As the Mets drew closer, the pen surrendered even more runs. Thankfully it was just a Friday night hiccup, as the pen was strong on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ike’s Slow Start: Let’s hope that Ike Davis getting off to a slow start is not a perennial thing. Last season Ike was coming back from his ankle injury, and the Arizona fever and whatnot, and he had an awful start. Through the first six Ike is batting a woeful .136. On the plus side though, Ike did hit a home run to the Shea bridge during the Padre series.
What’s Up With R.A.: Last year’s Cy Young Award winner, and in my opinion, last year’s Met MVP, R.A. Dickey is off to a horrible start in Toronto. Through two games he’s given up ten earned runs in 10.2 innings, and has an ERA of 8.44. Is the knuckler not knuckling north of the border? Does the dome effect the way a knuckleball behaves? Let’s hope things improve for R.A. who gave the Mets some great memories during his three year stint with the team.
The Mets hit the road for the next nine games, visiting the City of Brotherly Love, the Twin Cities and the Mile HIgh City. Be sure to check your local listings for games times in the Twin Cities and Mile City. As always Let’s Go Mets!!!