Justin Turner's Walk-Off HBP Should Give New York Mets Much-Needed Morale Boost

Dennis O'MaraContributor IIJune 23, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22:  Justin Turner #2 of the New York Mets celebrates after being hit by the pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in the bottom of the thirteenth inning against the Oakland Athletics on June 22, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mets defeated the Athletics 3-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, New York Met fans learned that Ike Davis might need season-ending surgery to repair a bone bruise in his left ankle.  Yes, you heard me correctly: A bone bruise might prematurely end Ike Davis' sophomore season.

The news comes just one day after Jose Reyes claimed that he does not want to discuss his contract and upcoming future with the team.  This news disturbed many fans because they believe Reyes might ditch the Mets in the offseason and the Mets will receive nothing more than two draft picks in the 2012 draft.

What do the Mets have to look forward to now?

They are in danger of losing their franchise player and the injury bug seems to be infecting them once again.  A big win was in order to help lift the spirits of the amazin' faithful.

Fortunately we got a big win tonight.  

Tonight, the Mets lineup featured a few names that no baseball fan ever wants to see—Lucas Duda, Scott Hairston, and worst of all, Jason Bay.  Despite giving Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy the night off, Terry Collins managed his way to an early 1-0 lead against the lowly A's.

R.A. Dickey pitched great and kept hitters off balance all night long with his "knuckle-change" and "knuckle-fastball."  The Mets lost the lead in the fifth but were able to take it back after a Reyes' triple and a Justin Turner RBI single in the eighth.

However, the A's were able to tie the game up after Conor Jackson singled, allowing Coco Crisp to score off Fransisco Rodriguez.  K-Rod's latest blown save seemed to take the life out of the Citi Field crowd.  Every fan in the stadium was expecting the Mets to blow another winnable game.

However, the rest of the Mets' bullpen pitched fantastic, and they were able to put men on first and second.  Jose Reyes came up to bat and all the fans, who were still awake, rose to their feet.  Brad Ziegler and A's manager, Bob Melvin, decided to intentionally walk Jose and face Justin Turner with the bases loaded.

Luckily for the Mets, Justin has been an RBI-machine ever since he was called up.  He got the game-winning RBI in one of the most unique ways possible.  On the first pitch of the at-bat, Ziegler's pitch seemed to graze Turner's pants.  That was it, game over, and the Mets had their first walk-off win of the season.

It has been an extremely up and down day for Mets fans, but they can still turn this season around.

The Mets young infielders, Turner and Tejada, played exceptionally well.  These two will split time at second base once David Wright comes back, and they will not disappoint.  They, along with David Wright, Jose Reyes and Ike Davis (if he is getting the surgery, then Daniel Murphy) will give this team a chance to compete for a wild-card spot down the stretch.

The Mets need to hobble to the All-Star break.

After the break, they will be able to see what their team will actually look like down the stretch.  If they come to the conclusion that Johan Santana can pitch, the Mets will definitely become wild-card contenders.  This team is starting to come together.  If they don't get healthy enough to compete, they can start to trade some veterans to help build around the young guys who have carried this team all year.