Mets 4 Cubs 2
Finally, it’s all coming together — and it only took 137 games!
The Mets won their first series since early August, learned how to win without “the cavalry”, and gave a sneak peek at what 2010 has in store during this weekend series with the Cubs.
Mike Pelfrey was spectacular, settling in and confirming his status as the #2 starter with an 8-inning, 5-hit, 1-run performance. This is the Mike Pelfrey we know he can be — surely he will do this 80-90% of the time next year and possibly compete with teammate Johan Santana for the Cy Young.
Helping Big Pelf was none other than Danny Murphy, who with this 4-RBI afternoon and 9th homer of the year, solidified himself as the Mets’ starting first baseman in 2010. No need to be throwing money at the likes of Adam LaRoche during the winter when Murph can be counted on for games like this!
And finally, Frankie Rodriguez showed why they used to call him K-Rod, as he closed out the ninth and earned his 30th save of the year.
I am soooooo glad that Pelfrey and Murphy finally stepped out from their shell and showed us what they can do. In addition, Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 with a stolen base out of the leadoff spot. No wonder Carlos Beltran is in a rush to get back — he needs to win his centerfield job back!
The only thing that would’ve made this day complete would have been Josh Thole behind the plate and adding a few hits of his own. Looking at all these bright young stars, we can pretty much bank on a postseason appearance in 2010. I can taste the Champagne now.
Actually, the way these youngsters are playing now, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them rip off a 20-5 streak through the end of the year and push the Mets into the playoffs THIS YEAR. That type of run would have them finish 82-80 — just like the 1973 Mets. Ya Gotta Believe !!!!!
Murphy was 3-for-4 with a triple, homer, and single. All he needed was a double to hit for the cycle.
Brian Schneider was 2-for-3 during the at-bats he was stealing from Thole. Too little, too late, Brian.
Next Mets Game
The Mets get a well-deserved day off on Monday, Labor Day, then return to action on Tuesday to host the Marlins at 7:10 PM. Tim Redding faces Rick VandenHurk.