Mets Need To Regain Focus!

Brendan CostelloContributor IJune 6, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 31:  Jerry Manuel #53 of the New York Mets comes out of the dugout against the Florida Marlins during their game on May 31, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After getting swept by the doormat of the N.L. Central, the Pirates, our New York Metropolitans will try to regain focus as they head to Washington for a three-game series. Tim Redding will try to regroup after allowing seven runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. On the other side, the Nationals will have Shairon Martis pitching for them. Martis is 5-1 with 5.62 ERA this year.


Let's just hope Tim Redding doesn't pick up what Mike Pelfrey left off. I mean, seriously, the guy only has to get through six innings with the game still in hand. Redding showed great control in his first start with the Dodgers, as for his last two starts Redding hasn't even got out of the fifth inning.


If the Mets take this series lightly, then they will have another thing coming to them. They should use this series to get their swag back; beating up on the Nationals is just what the doctor had ordered. For you see, after the Nats, the road gets much steeper for the Mets. The first place team in the N.L. East, the Phillies, will be coming into town, followed by the sizzling hot New York Yankees.


My biggest player to watch this weekend is Fernando Martinez. F-Mart can supply speed and explosiveness to the lineup. We might be without Reyes, but if Martinez can pick up the slack, the Mets might not miss a beat at the lead off hole. Another player to watch is David Wright. If his bat can hot, the Mets can get hot.


Let's hope the Mets aren't overlooking the Nats, because right now, the Mets shouldn't be overlooking anybody. The Mets are in a must-sweep situation. I know it might be too early to state this, but if the Mets can't take care of business in Washington, then the next week will be a living hell.


The Mets have a great opportunity to move past the Phillies in the next six games. While the Mets are playing the bottom-feeding Nats, the Phillies square off against the N.L. Leading Dodgers. If the Mets can sweep and the Dodgers can take two of three from the Phils, the Mets will only be two games out of first with the Phillies coming in for a three game set.


In total, the Mets' keys to victory is to get up early and not look back. This is a good opportunity for the Metties to gain some momentum heading into next week. Let's hope for one time, the Mets do one thing right, and that's to win.