Out-of-this-World Streak Reaches Nine

Right in the middle of last night’s Mets-Braves games, the SNY cameras cut to shot of a fast-moving object in the night sky that Keith Hernandez identified as the Space Station. It was visible here to in Bethlehem too, a kind of mechanical Halley’s Comet. That celestial body has been known as a harbinger of major events. The poet in me wonders if this flyover might have a similar portent for our orange and blue heroes. BTW Halley’s last appearance was–wait for it, 1986.

Meanwhile, back on earth, the extra-terrestrials that currently inhabit Mets uniforms laid a 7-1 beating on the deflated-looking Atlanta Braves. I know it is only April, but I felt this was a huge game for the Mets to win, coming off the devastating news of the Travis d’Arnaud and Jerry Blevins injuries on Sunday. A series loss now, especially right before the initial Subway Series set with the Yanks, would have started the speculation that injuries have finally caught up with the Mets.

Instead, Kevin Plawecki and Alex Torres filled in nicely for their two injured counterparts. Plawecki had two hits and Torres struck out Met-killer Freddie Freeman to snuff out the last hope for Atlanta. Curtis Granderson had four RBI and winning pitcher Jon Niese lowered his ERA to 1.50.

We haven’t had much to cheer about recently, so I am thoroughly enjoying this streak. I humbly submit that you all just take this in and ride it for as long as it lasts. I haven’t felt this good about the Mets in quite a while and I am crossing my fingers that maybe, just maybe this is the start of an upswing. I still think we will be hearing from the Washington Nationals, but the rest of the division looks to be buried already. Philadelphia is a last-place team, Miami may have some better players than the Mets but their lack of depth has hurt them badly. (Speaking of depth, Dilson Herrera is certainly making a case for a promotion). Atlanta looks like an incomplete collection of parts. I haven’t seen enough of the rest of the NL yet to get a real sense of who is a contender or not. But perhaps the dreams of contention and the much-maligned meaningful games in September is a reality for us this year.

One game at a time, I know. How about you? What has been your impression so far?

A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. Extragooey April 22, 2015 at 11:17 am
    The matchup between Alex Torres and Freddie Freeman shows how much of a guessing game it is between pitchers and batters that ultimately determines the outcome of the at bat.

    Torres starts by throwing 2 balls. By the way, this is the reason I haven’t warmed up to Alex Torres, the control issues bother me. At 2-0, Freeman looked to be looking for a fastball as he took a change up right down the middle and up in the strike zone At 2-1, still looking for a fastball, he’s way in front of a slider down and out of the zone. At 2-2, he takes a fastball down and in for strike 3, apparently looking for something else.

    If Freeman had been looking for offspeed and taken that 2-0 hanging change out, or if he’s been looking for a fastball and taken that 2-2 pitch out, a pitch down and in to a lefty, we may not be praising Torres as much. But as it is, everything is going the Mets including individual matchups.

    Great win, keep it rolling.

  2. crozier April 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    It’s pretty basic, really. They’ve got a great run differential and the pitchers have a fantastic K-BB ratio. When a runner’s on third they get him home. The in-theory-lousy infield defense hasn’t given away runs. And there’s that magic ingredient – Duda goes cold for a couple games, so Granderson takes over. d’Arnaud gets hurt and Plawecki makes like he belongs in the majors.

    It’s only the NL East, correct. But good teams beat up on bad ones. Really good teams go at least .500 against good and great ones – that remains untested. If they’re more than 8 games over .500 a month from now, I might have something substantial to believe in. For now, I’ve given myself permission to enjoy it.

    I’m just sorry Joe J. isn’t around. Curious to know if the recent performance has shaved a few degrees of curmudgeon off him.

  3. Steve S. April 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    With the pitching they have, they should be good for 85-90 wins, period. Four top starters, with three very good ones at AAA!

    What’s with Murphy though? Herrera could replace him soon, but let Murph start hitting, so he can be traded.

    • Extragooey April 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm
      I’ve thought about the Murphy dilemma for a while now. The more I think about it that more i think we should have traded him last year. The reason is that you want to trade him when he’s hitting well. Since the Mets look like they will be in contention this year, it will be hard to trade him and bring up a prospect to replace him. Imagine if Murphy hits well, gets traded, the Mets replace him with Herrera or Reynolds, and gets nothing but growing pains with either of those two. Then the Mets finish 2 or 3 games out of the wild card. If he doesn’t hit well, you can go ahead and replace him. But you probably won’t get much more than a bag of balls for him.
      • Steve S. April 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm
        Agree that they have a problem. I would still trade him if and when he starts hitting, thinking that Herrera can hit in the bigs. And there’s always Reynolds as backup.
        • Steve S. April 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm
          Murphy out of lineup tonight, along with Granderson, against a LHP.
        • Extragooey April 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm
          You’d think not having Granderson in the lineup may be a good time to use, oh I dunno, the guy you had leading off the whole spring training in the leadoff spot? LOL, guess not.
  4. jason April 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm
  5. Bat April 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm
    Where the heck is Janish?

    Flores is hitting the ball and playing serviceable defense. Put another way, it’s defense you can live with if he continues to hit.

    I am looking to razz Janish but he has seemingly gone underground. In the witness protection program perhaps?

    • mckeeganson April 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm
      haha I’ve been wondering the same.
  6. DaveSchneck April 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm
    Heave ho, ten in a row. Kudos to the squad for continuing to put up Ws despite the significant injuries. Yes, the competition hasn’t been top notch, but this is major league baseball and each W counts the same. #littlethings, which were such a negative issue in recent seasons, have made a big difference so far in 2015. Kudos to Wilmer Flores as well, for maintaining his poise through a bumpy start, to begin delivering with the bat. He may never be a legit SSglove at the MLB level, but he is an easy kid to root for, and if he can OPS over .800 and make the routine plays, he will be a benefit to the team.
    • Steve S. April 24, 2015 at 9:37 am
      Yeah, that’s why one doesn’t give up on a young player who has a rough start. Heck, even Willie Mays started badly….