Tonight, the Mets were able to bait the fish by the score of 7-1. It was a well rounded game for the Amazins, and it featured some things we haven’t seen for a long time from this team.
First of all, I think a hat tip is due for David Wright, who came out to the field early and worked with Howard Johnson to level out the swing. He was rewarded with an opposite field RBI single and a triple to dead center field. Welcome back David. We’re going to need you.
This game might has well been one inning long, because all of the offense except the eighth inning sacrifice fly by Ryan Church happened in the first. Gary Sheffield, who dropped a fly ball in the top half of the first, lined a single up the middle to gain the fans’ forgiveness.
Sheffield impressed me tonight. The line drive was a bullet, and later, Sheffield was robbed of a double by a Cody Ross Willie Mays-like catch. I am not kidding. The catch was unbelievable. Way to go Sheff. Keep it up, and you will stay on the team.
Half of the game ball goes to the man who hit a grand slam, which was his first home run. Omir Santos also called a solid game behind the plate, and he is gaining the confidence of the staff and the manager.
I wonder what is going to happen on May 3 when Brian Schneider is due to return. Is this the end of the Castro Era?
The other half of the game ball goes to John Maine, who gave the Mets six excellent innings. He used every inch of Citifield to get the job done, but he did it against a very potent Marlins’ lineup.
It doesn’t hurt that Hanley Ramirez was eliminated from the equation early, but things happen. Maine has now pitched well against the Fish twice this season. It’s starts like this that he needs to build on.
Tomorrow is a big game, and the Mets will look to get back to .500. Livan…time to get back on the horse.