Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Comeback Kids Strike Again

With Miguel Batista on the mound for the Mets, the Phillies jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. While many probably said to themselves, "Hey, we came from behind last night, right?" the way Batista was pitching, it sounded as if it was gonna be a long night. Just as Met fans were monitoring Matt Harvey's line for Buffalo, Batista settled in, and the Orange and Blue staged yet another 2 out comeback while I was on my car ride home. Aided by some shoddy Phillie defense, The Mets won this game 7-4, taking the second consecutive road series against the team of Brotherly Love.

There was a time in 2009 when the Mets and their front office would let all the injuries surrounding the team bring them down. They would use them as an excuse and wallow in their infinite sadness. "When the cavalry returns, that's when we make our move." The current front office and the field managers, however, demand accountability. If you're here, it is because you're supposed to play like a Major Leaguer. This young team is playing with drive, dedication and determination. It's a lot of fun to watch.

While the bats deserve a good amount of the credit for battling and not letting Phillie off that field without a fight, the bullpen has locked it down this series, getting out of jams and setting the offense up for some big moments. Just when you thought he could be on his way out, Manny Acosta has been the unsung hero in this series. With a hold the night before and 2 big outs with runners on 2nd and 3rd last night, Acosta has buckled down to try to save his Major League job, and more importantly, help us win a big May series against a team that has had our number since 2007. Big props to Ramon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak for keeping that tying run at bay in the 8th, aided by a man who has looked real solid lately at 2nd base (no video of that snared liner up the middle, but here is an example of how comfortable Daniel Murphy has looked lately on the right side of the infield.)

The Mets look to Dillon Gee and his Goatee to sweep the series tonight, albeit against Cliff Lee, at 7:05 PM. But hey, we've taken one from him this year and this is his first start back from injury. After seeing what we've seen from this team the last 2 days, and in this season in general, I've learned the last thing I should ever do is doubt these New York Metropolitans. Especially when there are 2 out and the opposition has one foot in the dugout. Let's go into Miami riding high.


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