New York Mets-Cincinatti Reds: A Win's a Win

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 13:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets at bat against the San Diego Padres during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

It wasn’t pretty how the Mets scored most of their runs tonight, but hey, it got them the big W.

We saw the Mr. Hyde in Oliver Perez tonight, which was nice to see after his first Dr. Jackal performance against the Reds. We also saw Gary Sheffield get his first start in right field for Ryan Church. Gary wasn’t that sharp at the plate but he looked decent in the field.

However, there is one thing that is really bothering me early in this 2009 season. It’s the amount of strikeouts that David Wright has thus far.

He went down twice tonight on strikes—that’s 11 strikeouts in only eight games. It’s a bit worrysome to watch your best hitter go down on strikes that many times. Even with all these punch-outs Wright is still hitting .323 with one homer and four RBI.

Another thing that is really getting under my skin is the amount of double plays Brian Schneider has hit into.

It seems as if every time he’s up with a man on, you can count on a double play. It’s like clockwork. These things will clear up (I hope) but for now it’s a nice win and boy do I love hearing "Takin’ Care of Business" once again.

Oh, and for everyone who was wondering, the Mets are now a half game back of those fighting Phils.