Bats Show Power As Predicted; Pitching Shows Weakness

Joseph VazquezCorrespondent IMay 3, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 2: Manager Charlie Manuel #53 takes the ball from starting pitcher Johan Santana #57 during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Before the Mets hit the road, I predicted the Mets bats would show power and that's exactly what happened, but I also mentioned that there was a possibility that the slumping Phillies would wake up and their bats would come alive and that happened too.

In game one, the Mets hit four homeruns and won 9-1. In game two, as expected, the Mets did nothing against Roy Halladay, who is obviously the best pitcher in the National League and probably all of baseball. Last night, the offense started off on the right foot with David Wright hitting a three run homerun, but Johan quickly help put his own team to sleep, by giving up a shocking, career high, 10 runs in less than four innings.

Mike Pelfrey is allowed to have a bad outing, but Johan Santana is just not having a good season so far and you could say "well he always has a bad first half," but he just doesn't look the same and the velocity of his fastball has dropped dramatically. What makes the loss worst is the fact that Jamie Moyer is almost 50 years old and he got the win against Johan. Mike Pelfrey lost to Roy Halladay and got an outcome that could've been avoided had Jose Reyes and Alex Cora make those plays right outside the infield.  

It's disheartening to see, but this is where the Mets must show character and bounce back going in to Cincinnati, they must show fight. They can't show their fans that they have a glass jaw where if they get hit hard they crumble, they have to pick themselves up and keep on forward. Showing character is what will separate this team from the teams of the past couple years. They have to beat the teams they are expected to beat and just win some series.