3 Up, 3 Down: The Not So Happy Homecoming Edition

The Mets hosted the Washington Nationals for Opening Weekend at Citi Field. I’m not sure what the deal was with the 4:10 start on Friday afternoon, but at least the Mets did a classy thing by having Ralph Kiner toss out the first pitch. The Nationals took the series 2-1 thanks mostly to a horrible, horrible bullpen. That said here are my 3 Up and 3 down from this series.

Three Up

1. Chris Young – On Sunday afternoon Chris Young pitched a great game. He went 7 innings giving up one run on one hit, striking out 5. Couple that with Young’s first outing in Philadelphia, and through two outings Young has pitched 12.1 innings giving up two earned runs! Let’s hope Young can keep up the good work. We may be seeing our new ace being born.

2. Carlos Beltran – Saturday night belonged to Carlos Beltran. Beltran had two home runs in his first two at bats Saturday, then a double on a ball that should have been caught by Jerry Hairston Jr.. A healthy and productive Carlos Beltran is just what the Mets need.

3. Jose Reyes – Reyes has been swinging a hot bat, reaching base in seven straight games. Even more encouraging Reyes is legging out infield hits. Of special note, on Sunday Reyes went from first to third on a ground out.

Three Down

1. The Imploding Bullpen – We all know the adage “oh those bases on balls”, and boy oh boy, those walks are just killing the Mets bullpen. On Sunday after Young worked 7 awesome innings Carrasco, Buchholz and Boyer were just disasters. There are a bunch of new guys out in the Mets bullpen this season. Dan Warthen did an incredible job with the pitching staff last year, let’s just hope that as the season goes on, the bullpen improves under Warthen’s guidance.

2. Dickey’s Split Fingernail – On Friday R.A. Dickey was not able to control his knuckler. Dickey had a career high in walks. It was learned after the game that R.A. Dickey had a split fingernail which occurred in the first inning. Hopefully R.A. will be ready to go this week against the Rockies.

3. Too Many Strikeouts – The Mets offense has just been striking out and not getting the job done way too often. Seventeen strikeouts in Sunday’s game… Seventeen! We all know how destructive the strikeouts can be, but jeez, these guys need to know when to shorten up or adjust their swings. Way, way, way too many strikeouts.