Mets Game 77: Win Over Athletics
Mets 10 Athletics 1
Mets beat the bejeezus out of The Best Team In Baseball. Does that mean the Mets are better than the best?
Mets Game Notes
For the second straight postgame recap, I can’t criticize anything the Mets did (OK, I did find a few nitpicky things in game 76). Could they go three straight without feeling the sting of my harsh whip of words? If so, it would be the first time to do that in three straight games since — Gary, could you look it up?
There are a few unsettling things that came to mind (you knew I couldn’t dwell on the positive, right?). First off, on the heels of whispers that he was on the verge of being released, Chris Young has his best game of the season, blasting two homers, scoring three times, walking once, and causing Gary Cohen’s heart to race with the possibility of becoming the first Met in history to hit three homers in a home game. Was it a coincidence?
Second, Travis d’Arnaud also went yard, continuing the scorching-hot streak he started the moment he left the big leagues for Las Vegas. What was it about leaving New York that turned his switch to “on”? Can he sustain it? Or again, just a coincidence?
Third, Ruben Tejada had another all-around sparkling game, and seems to step it up when he is fighting for a job. Is this also a coincidence, or is there more to it? Does he focus more, knowing his time is limited and/or his status as a big leaguer is at stake?
Finally, the Mets offense is suddenly putting up Ruthian numbers exactly one month (OK, technically, it’s four weeks) after the Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and promoted Lamar Johnson. Again, is it coincidence? Or is there something about Johnson that has allowed the Mets bats to wake up? Or is there something about Johnson not being Hudgens? Which begs the question — has Hudgens been holding this team back for the past three years? And further, would more changes in management result in similar performance increases?
Or is all this just a temporary tease, and in a week or so will the Mets will be right back to being 7-10 games below .500, fighting to stay out of the NL East cellar?
If you’re a Mets fan bleeding orange and blue, and feeling like ya gotta believe, then you have to wonder what could have been done better in the first 70 or so games, because the personnel available has not changed drastically. What if the alligator-armed executives reached into their pockets and pulled out enough money to sign legit MLB players such as Stephen Drew and/or Kendrys Morales — either before or after the June draft? What if they had added a legit MLB reliever to the bullpen to back up Bobby Parnell, instead of throwing dented paint cans like Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde against the wall? What if a more effective field general, bullpen juggler, and personality motivator were in the dugout? Might the Mets have a few more wins than they do now? And further, what will the front office do going forward, if this current winning streak (and four straight wins DOES qualify as a “streak”) continues and the Mets find themselves in the thick of the postseason race as the trade deadline nears? Will they pull the trigger on a deal to improve the club, or will they continue forward with current lot? What if getting the big bat or arm means dealing away a top prospect, such as Noah Syndergaard or Kevin Plawecki? Are you in?