Friday, May 18, 2012

What a Wright Day

Yesterday, the Reds jumped out to a 4-run lead by the 5th on a Joey Votto home run, a double by Ryan Hannigan and some passed (knuckle)balls. The Mets, however, battled back, powered by David Wright's big day, and took the game 9-4.

Wright was on base every time he made an appearance at the plate. He scored 3 times as well as driving in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning with a double over the center fielder Drew Stubbs' head. We've never seen him on a streak like this. Normally he's hot and cold and cold and hot, but this year he has sustained his awesomeness since the moment he stepped in the batter's box on April 5th. If Lucas Duda stays locked in as well (he started the scoring in the 5th with a double to right-center to plate both Wright and Andres Torres) who knows what kind of performance we will see from Wright with Lucas hitting behind him. God help everyone if Ike Davis heats up (Pleeeeaaase, Ike, heat up.)

RA Dickey had a better day than his line indicates (6 innings, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 hits, 1 BB, 8 SO). He got some up in the zone, especially Votto's bomb, but his knuckleball was dancing as his 8 strikeouts indicate. Glad the guys could pick him up and get RA off the hook for the loss.

We always give crap to the bullpen when crap should be given, so we must give props when props must be given. They did a fantastic job holding the Reds' scoring at 4 and allowing the Mets to come back the way they did. Jon Rauch had a great bounce back performance after blowing the lead the night before. He gave up a lead-off double to open the 7th with the Mets down a run, but then got a strikeout, a line-out and another strikeout to keep the score locked in. Well done. Also, I will always root for more Mets scoring, but a part of me wanted to see how Frank Francisco handled a 1-run lead. It wasn't meant to be, as Justin Turner blooped a single to the Bermuda Triangle of fielders in shallow left-center to plate Wright, and Ronny Cedeno belted a 3-run home run that would have been out of the park last year as well. Nobody was prepared for that. Everyone was waiting for him to either be an out or ground a single passed the 3rd baseman or something along those lines, but when he hit a hanging slider over the plate, the fans all watched, saying to themselves, "Whoa. Is that really heading out? IT IS!!!" Looking forward to the other two home runs he'll get this year.

What is also very impressive about the comeback is that it was done off two relievers who had yet to be scored upon this year (The fireballer Aroldis Chapman and Logan Ondrusek.) Well done, Mets. 

Way to throw Votto out at home, Murph. He's gotten so much better at fielding this year. I thought he wasn't as horrendous as people made him out to be, but solid job going back on the ball and turning to throw Joey out at home. 

The Mets travel up to Toronto donning their favorite hockey jerseys as they take on the Blue Jays to commence interleague play. Jon Niese will take on Ricky Romero at 7:07 PM (uuuuh....ok...) Let's beat up some blue birds.


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