Monday, April 30, 2012

Scary Win in the Bright Left Field Sun

On Sunday, in the left field bleacher seats of Coors Field, we watched the Mets scare us a couple times over (including right in front of us on the warning track for the last out), only to squeak out a gutsy 6-5 win, taking the series and giving us a 2-0 Denver trip.

Johan Santana was fantastic, and as opposed to all his other starts this year, the Mets actually scored runs for him, and early. Before we were even in our seats, grabbing grub and drink, the Mets had scored 3 runs for Johan (on a David Wright double and a Scott Hairston single), eventually giving him a 4-0 lead. As we have learned this weekend (or have been reminded of) no lead is safe in that ballpark and against those Rockies. (Will Johan ever catch a break as a member of the New York Mets?!)

Jon Rauch was due to be off his game a little bit. He has pitched so well so far. How upset can we really be at his lack of control during this outing? And Byrdak, after a fantastic 8th inning the night before, just hung that slider up there for "Mr. Rockie" Todd Helton to crush, tying the game at 4. And while the bullpen did not hold a couple of leads (with Frank Francisco being very hittable right now), they would not have been the scapegoat if we had lost this game.

The offense was most certainly one of the heroes. They never quit when the going got tough near the end. They kept battling after every lead but the last one was given up. The Mets had, however, 22 base-runners in this game, and only plated 6 of those. They got the big hits when we needed them late in the game, but the LOB number has got to go down. It has plagued this Metropolitan franchise for way too long.

Nevermind when I said yesterday that Ike coming out of this slump might be thwarted by finesse pitcher Jamie Moyer. Ike had a fantastic day, going 3 for 6 and driving in the winning run. Clearly, Ike's resurgence the last few days has nothing to do with him shortening his swing and going with the pitch. It is not because he has a better approach at the plate than he had when he was reeling. It is because he met us Saturday night and signed my girlfriend's jersey. Obviously that is the only reason he went 3 for 6. Obviously...

Cap'n. Kirk
Amazing catch. And great piece of hitting.

We travel back to the East in a couple of hours. All in all, it was an amazing Colorado trip. I look forward to recapping it for all of you.

The Mets head to the Lone Star State and take on the future American League team, the Houston Astros. Tonight, my man, RA Dickey, takes on the right-hander Bud Norris. Game time is 8:05 PM EST. Let's keep it rollin', Metropolitans.


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