The Mets are not poised to take over first place this weekend, but they are back in second. And if they keep winning and get some help from the Yankees, the standings could look a lot nicer on Monday.
Yesterday’s game should definitely make up for one of the times that Johan Santana pitched really well and the Mets didn’t hit for him. I’m not concerned about post-134 pitches Johan yet, but another lackluster start or two and it might be time to start wondering if the no-hitter was really worth it.
And speaking of no-hitters, I’m surprised at all of the media hype around the Mets decision to protest the official scorer’s ruling that B.J. Upton‘s first-inning ground ball against R.A. Dickey Wednesday night was a hit. It’s just Terry Collins taking a one-in-a-million shot to see if he can give one of his players a chance to claim an often once-in-a-lifetime career milestone. He’s not trying to sell out David Wright (who for all his other talents, is not a good fielding third baseman.) From the available video, I think the official scorer made the right call – the only way I’d have ruled that play an error is if Upton didn’t bother to run hard down to first base.
Hopefully the series in St. Petersburg marked the beginning of the return of the old Ike Davis. I’m finally beginning to believe. And maybe Jason Bay will finally begin to contribute and stop being a black hole in the lineup. (I’m far less convinced – Bay’s had productive games, even short stretches of them, before that didn’t end up amounting to much.)
I hope someone’s excited about the REO Speedwagon concert after tonight’s game for a different reason than I am. While I applaud the Mets for trying different things to add to the ballpark experience at Citi Field, I’m just happy that the commercials hyping a band I have no interest in will finally end.
It’s Dillon Gee‘s turn to keep the Mets winning streak going against the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds tonight. Let’s go Mets!