Mets Showing Some Positives in Their Sweep Over the Marlins
First of all, the Mets won three games at home. The last time fans even saw one win at Citi Field was on Aug. 26, so for them to grab a sweep over the course of a weekend was a major feat.
Pitching stud, and who I consider the most deserving man for the Cy Young award, R.A. Dickey was able to lock up his 19th win of the season on Saturday. The Mets put up four runs for R.A. which was (just) enough in their 4-3 victory. Dickey trails the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez for most wins in the league by one, but leads in both strike outs and ERA, which has the baseball world murmuring the phrase “triple crown.”
Jonathan Niese, who pitched on Friday night, had another fantastic outing. The Mets put up seven runs, finally giving Niese some run support. Niese has been better than his 12-9 record this year shows with a 3.49 ERA, 152 K’s, and a WHIP of 1.18.
David Wright, who has been pretty awful in the month of September (.227 BA) is now only three hits from tying Ed Kranepool’s record of 1,418. The Mets begin their last four home games of the season tonight, so I hope to see David reach this accomplishment at Citi Field. Any kind of record is fun to watch for a fan.
Also, I have to give much credit to my current favorite Met, Ruben Tejada. I know some people think I’m crazy, but I love this guy. I feel like you can see his dedication day in and day out, and even when he isn’t doing so well (not like any of the Mets have done well in the month of September), you can still see that he is trying his hardest. His defense is outstanding too. Tejada delivered the game winning walk off RBI single on Sunday.
Oh, and lest we forget Jason Bay’s 2-run home run on Saturday. I know it’s easy to hate the guy as a Mets fan due to his lack of production basically since he joined the club, but I can’t imagine this season has been especially easy for him to deal with either. New York is brutal, even when you’re a great player here, so to hear some legitimate cheers for Bay was nice.
The Mets are done, and have been done for awhile, leaving fans little to get excited about, but this was a good weekend. Hopefully the four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates goes the same way, so the fans who are still trekking out to Citi Field aren’t left with entirely bad memories of this season.
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