New York Mets Find Production from Unexpected Places

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a eighth inning grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I stared in excitement and jubilation at the text message I had just received (from, which said that Angel Pagan had just hit a grand slam!

Finally, the Mets were scoring some runs, and they were going to surely win tonight, barring another bullpen collapse that was all too common last year.

However, thanks to Frankie Rodriguez, all is well in the minds of Mets fans and the Mets won the game 9-6.

But afterwards, I looked back at the text, and as I looked more closely it says "Angel Pagan hits a home run. Alex Cora, Omir Santos, and Angel Berroa scored on the play."

This is probably the last possible group that you would assume would be part of a grand slam.

Let's go all the way back, to the beginning of the season.

Omir Santos was the starting catcher at AAA, Alex Cora was a backup for Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo, Angel Berroa was with the AAA team for the Yankees (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees), and Angel Pagan, the star of the show, was on the DL. 

And with a starting lineup that also includes Cody Sullivan (began the year in AAA), it is full of callups and backups.

Yet this group is coming together in the last 10 days and finding ways to win.

Its nice to see some production for the Mets from unexpected places.