***GUEST POST FROM BMF HOF’er “BLONDIES JAKE”***
Call it coincidence, but I call it fitting that Jason Bay had his biggest night of the 2011 season on the first night I’ve seen the Mets in person this season, blasting a pair of homers, including an opposite-field job, and driving in four to continue his offensive surge. He’s now hit safely in eight straight and driven in runs in four straight. Over his last 21 contests, he has hit safely in 17 of them and is 27-82 (.329) with four HRs, 18 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
He wasn’t the only one displaying the power. After his two-run jack in the 5th, Carlos Beltran now has 13 HRs and 57 RBIs. I’ve really changed my tune when it comes to him, thinking the Mets should keep him unless they completely fall off the map, and maybe even think about bringing him back next year if they can do it at a cheap price. My guess is the market for him won’t be huge at the deadline nor in the offseason and he’s still a good outfielder and a solid hitter.
Mike Pelfrey kept working himself into trouble, but unlike most of his road games, he was able to work out of it, thanks mostly to the Dodgers lackluster lineup and some boneheaded baserunning. Against a real team, he probably would’ve been crushed, but you can only beat the team you are playing against. Still, there were too many mini-meltdowns to get too excited about him.
Quick Quiz: How many win streaks of three games or more have the Mets had this year?
Answer: Eight, after following up Sunday’s Mini-Miracle vs Mariano with consecutive wins against the Dodgers.
I confess I was shocked by that stat. I know this team is streaky, but I really didn’t think they had won at least three games in a row that many times. Maybe it’s because like in poker, where you generally remember the bad beats you take and not the ones you deliver, I tend to recall lots of bad losses instead of the wins. Irregardless, the Mets are once again going streaking and they are doing it WITHOUT Jose Reyes.
Speaking of The Man the Mets Must Sign, during pre-game Reyes fielded ground balls no problem, then took his cuts in the cage, lashing line drives and banging balls into the bleachers from the both sides of the plate. I would still prefer them to play it safe with him, but he sure did look good.