I have been waiting for this day for a few days now. Yes, the Mets won a well played ball game tonight. After last night's 4-1 defeat, the Mets came back to beat the Braves 3-2 tonight.
Let's start with R.A. Dickey who pitched a solid game. He went six innings, threw 103 pitches, and gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked four, and struck out two batters.
The real heroes tonight though, were the two former Braves, Jeff Francoeur and Manny Acosta. Frenchy came through in the ninth with a solo shot off of Braves closer, Billy Wagner. As for Acosta, he came in and pitched an inning and two-thirds and gave up nothing; no hits, no runs, and threw his fastball with great effect. He topped 97 miles per hour at one point, and struck out Ankiel. Luis Castillo also bounced back tonight and went 2-for-3. After last night when he botched a double play ball, it was nice to see him bounce back. Everything came up roses for the Mets tonight, even when Rodriguez came into the game for the save, he had a 1-2-3 inning and shut the door on the Braves.
Now you may ask, why is it that I am not breaking out the bubbly yet? Well, this is just one win in an otherwise dismal second half of the season for the Mets. In order for the Mets to make waves going forward, there is still much they need to do.
Tonight, Francoeur and Acosta stepped up to save the day for the Mets, but now they need to put it all together. David Wright went 0-for-4 while Reyes, Pagan, Beltran, and Davis went a combined 4-for-16. Let's be real here: In order for the Mets to really do damage, they need all of those players to hit and hit more than what they did tonight.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad the Mets won, but they have more talent than what they are showing. I would love to see someone in that ballclub step up to be more of a vocal leader. I would love to see Jerry Manual light a fire under these Mets and not be so reserved. Maybe that's just his way, I don't know, but the Mets still need some more umph in their game. The pitching, for the most part, has been pretty good. I am not letting them off the hook because it can be better, especially from Niese and Pelfrey. David Wright needs make contact and put the ball in play more. He strikes out way too often. Beltran needs to get on track and soon. Yes, I know he just came off of an injury and surgery, but the Mets need him if they are going to make a go of this season and get to the postseason.
Tomorrow night is the last game of the series against the Braves, and Pelfrey takes the mound. Will Pelfrey ever return to early season form? I guess we will see, but let's look at the numbers for a moment. Over his last 10 starts he is 2-4 with a 6.41 ERA. He has also given up 81 hits in 53 innings and walked 20.
How will Big Pelfrey bounce back tomorrow after giving up eight hits, four runs in five and two-thirds innings against the Diamondbacks? We will see tomorrow. I'm not breaking out the bubbly just yet. After the Braves come a three-game series against the Phillies starting on Friday in Philadelphia, it does not get any easier.