OK, so the headline is slightly hyperbolic. But then again, the Mets hadn’t been three games over .500 all season and hadn’t reached such heights since last July, coincidentally after also beating the Dodgers. They got there on the strength of an outstanding start by Jon Niese, strong relief work and five more two-out runs.
Niese was strong from the start and had only one hiccup, the bottom of the 6th when he walked the leadoff hitter, gave up a few hits and had a blown call at first on what was a double-play ball but was ruled otherwise. His curve looked nasty and he was in control, save for a couple of times when he failed to cover first base.
Bobby Parnell continues to blow hitters away. He had another 1-2-3 inning and struck out two. Who knows what the future will bring, but I think he’s going to become a very good closer someday, perhaps someday soon.
Carlos Beltran had another productive night at the plate, doubling twice and scoring both times after his doubles. As a number of people have posted recently, he may very well be the most under-appreciated Met of all-time. During his Mets career, he’s been an all-star five times, a gold glove centerfielder twice and a silver slugger twice. I’m not sure what else he could’ve done to earn more cheers, but certainly deserved more cheers.
Of course the Mets miss Jose Reyes at the top of the order, but Ruben Tejada continues to get the job done in the field and provided another big hit from the bottom of the order with his booming, two-out, two-run two-bagger in the 6th. I don’t want to compare him to Reyes and don’t want the Mets to lose Reyes, but it is comforting to know there is a capable shortstop waiting in the wings if necessary.
And you know we all want Ike Davis back, but Lucas Duda looks better and better with each game. After a couple of knocks, he now has hits in four of his last five games and RBIs in three of them. All that’s left is for the power to show itself, but that will come with more ABs.
Three down, one to go. LET’S GO METS!