High fives and kudos were exchanged as the final out was recorded yesterday in Chicago. However, high fives weren’t exchanged in the visitor’s dugout after second basemen Daniel Murphy hit his first home run of the year and snaps his longest homer-less streak in his short career. After crushing his first home run in 352 at-bats, going back to last year, Murph hit another bomb in his next at-bat. Just like that, after going with out a round tripper in about a year, it looked as if Murphy would put up Rey Ordonez stats from the plate, now he has a pair of dingers in back to back at-bats.
“I really feel as if I’m heating up, it might not be falling but I’ll get there.” said Murphy before his 3-5 day at the dish and in a 17-1 rout over the Cubs.
The Mets really needed this game after dropping four in a row in disappointing fashion to a lowly Chicago Cub ball club. For a team that is trying to sell a winning product to it’s fan base, this team has to address many areas, but it seems that they won’t have any concern about their second basemen, for a day at least.
Off to Los Angeles the Flushing bunch will head for a four game set. Tonight, Chris Young and the team take on ex-Met Chris Capuano. The Mets will face two right handers in the middle of the series with two lefties on the ends of the series.
The Dodgers are coming off of a power-outage in San Francisco when they were not only swept by the Giants but shut out against the now NL West leading Giants. Without Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, it is pivotal for the Mets to jump on the potent pitchers the Dodgers will throw out this series and try to curb any offense from what is an already limited lineup.
It is easy to praise the Mets for the display they left in Chicago, but this series will be another litmus test for this group as they show that they can hold their own in the face of adversity. More importantly it is nice to see the Mets get some production from their opening day second basemen and could look to ride him and this spark of offense.