Carlos Delgado Looks Young Again

David MarineSenior Writer IApril 17, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 15:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets during batting practice before their game against the San Diego Padres on April 15, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Minus the gray beard. Minus taking the final pitch of the game last night. But besides all that Carlos Delgado looks like the player the Mets need him to be.

I'm not sure if it's a mid-life youthful burst of energy, or the fact that it's a contract year, but Delgado has a new kind of swing in his step. He's fighting off pitches, taking bad ones, and even looking to hit to the opposite field.

Delgado has 12 RBIs in the first nine games and a .657 slugging percentage. It makes you forget just how abysmal he was early on last season when we were all ready to get him on the next bus out of the city.

The season is still young and the Mets obviously have some problems to deal with, namely their defense and starting pitching. But it's nice to have that confidence back in the cleanup spot, which we were desperately missing last spring from Carlos Delgado.

Let's hope this can continue for more than a month.