All week, the New York Mets have been getting outstanding starting pitching that has been wasted while losing a four game set to the Colorado Rockies and the first of three to the Houston Astros. Yesterday afternoon, however, R.A. Dickey stepped on the mound with tired legs and a so-so knuckle ball, but managed to defeat the Astros with his craftiness as well as his bat. Dickey added an infield RBI single in the fourth to put the Mets ahead, while pitching into the seventh and only allowing five hits and one run while notching his 16th win.
Justin Turner slammed his first homer of the year in the sixth, and yes, even Jason Bay turned an 0-14 slump around with an RBI single in the eight to stretch the lead. The Mets needed this win in the worst of ways after losing their last six games, five of which were to teams that statistically are in the bottom of the National League. The problem is that now the Mets are showing that they are no better than any of the bottom feeders in MLB.
Although the bleeding has stopped for one day, was it just a bandage over a gaping wound? I believe so. There is no way for a team to compete in this league without professional outfielders and absolutely minimal power numbers. The Mets have hit 104 HRs this year, mainly coming from four hitters. Ike Davis leads the team with 22HRs, David Wright has 17, Scott Hairston has 14, and Lucas Duda has 12. The problem lies in that most of Wright’s slams came in the first half, Hairston is a platoon player, and Duda has been in the minors the past month.
In order for the Mets to move forward, they need to get some sort of quality outfielders that can hit the ball out of CitiField. For now, we can relish in the fact that R.A. Dickey has been superb this year, and hope that Jeremy Hefner can follow in suit on Sunday.
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