The New York Mets have won five straight games and all of a sudden look like a contender.
Yea, maybe to the untrained eye they do.
With the worst road record in the National League (6-14), the Fellas from Flushing have a lot of work ahead of them. Here are my top five reasons why the Mets may cool off sooner rather than later.
Johan Santana takes to the hill tonight as New York heads out to Milwaukee for a weekend series with the Brewers. Yovani Gallardo will appose Santana tonight, which spells bad news for the Mets.
Of course, that’s only because Gallardo is a quality pitcher, and Santana, the so-called stopper at the front of the rotation, hasn’t won on the road yet in 2010.
David Wright continues to struggle at the plate. The cornerstone of the franchise, always known for his solid batting average, is hitting around .250.
It doesn’t help he has been striking out at an alarming rate, too.
Rod Barajas has been on fire so far, slugging a team-high 10 home runs. Only problem is, his on base percentage has slipped below .300.
Are you kidding me?
For a backstop known to fizzle out in the second half, this has to be alarming.
R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi are not Cy Young candidates. Unless the knuckleballer and Tom Glavine-impersonator (both lefties who wore 47 for the Mets) continue to shine (each shutout the Phillies this week), the Mets are going to need help in the rotation.
The name Roy Oswalt rings a bell….
Did someone reroute the power in New York away from Flushing and up towards the Bronx? The Mets have only hit 38 homeruns as a team, while the Yankees have slugged 52.
To make matters worse, Carlos Beltran’s return is nowhere in sight.