Mets Game 100: Win Over Cardinals
Mets 8 Cardinals 2
Clearly, the Mets front office knows EXACTLY what they’re doing.
Because after coming to the decision that Jerry Manuel and his coaching staff were the right people to be in charge, and in particular decided that no one should be a scapegoat for an underperforming offense, the Mets went right out and POUNDED the mighty St. Louis Cardinals. And not only did they beat the Cardinals handily, but they demolished the otherwise outstanding Adam Wainwright — the same Adam Wainwright who had 14 wins and had spun 26 consecutive scoreless innings. The Mets didn’t stop by merely ending his scoreless streak, they stung him to the tune of six runs on six hits and three walks in five innings — no easy feat.
As Jerry Manuel so astutely pointed out in the postgame, the Mets not only won the game, but they “… erased the doubt, coming home …” (please be sure to read that quote as slowly as possible for full effect). I, for one, am completely convinced: the Mets are awesome.
Ironically, the Mets won without their spirited skipper, who was serving a suspension. Hey, wait … many people wanted someone else managing the Mets, someone else did, and the Mets won. Hmmm ….
Leading the offensive charge was none other than Jeff Francoeur. As anyone with a calculator knows, Francoeur is terrible — easily the worst player on the Mets. Yet, it was Francoeur who blasted a three-run homer against the previously invincible Wainwright in the fourth inning to put the Mets ahead for good. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and Francoeur is that weak link, then I am afraid to think what the Mets will do to less-talented NL pitchers.
Jonathon Niese was once again spectacular, spinning six innings and allowing only one run on 7 hits and 2 walks, to earn his 7th win of the season. For the first time this year I liked his arm angle — it was more overhand and more consistent, which gave him good bite on his best pitch (curveball) and made it difficult for the Cardinals hitters to know what was coming. Keep that slot, Jon!
Jose Reyes mashed his seventh homer of the year, a bullet into the upper deck of the Pepsi Porch in right field. I think it’s safe to say he is over the oblique thing.
With his three-run dinger, Jeff Francoeur‘s BABOF (Batting Average on Balls Over the Fence) remains a stellar 1.000.
Carlos Beltran broke out of his slump with a 2-for-3 day, ripping an opposite-field double and poking a Texas Leaguer to drive in a run. He batted in the five hole, which is a better spot for him and the team as he gets back in the groove. Whatever happened to taking it slow and having him play only 2-3 times a week at the outset?
During 1050ESPN’s Michael Kay Show on Tuesday afternoon, Don La Greca positively guaranteed a Mets win on this evening. He’s much better at predictions than I.
Next Mets Game
The Mets continue their assault on the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM. I’m not clear on who is starting for either team, but several websites are saying it will be Hisanori Takahashi vs. Jaime Garcia. However, we’re also hearing that Johan Santana will pitch instead. Not that it matters — the Mets can set up a tee for St. Louis and they’ll still have a good shot at beating their brains in. The Mets are on a roll, and there is no stopping them!