Uncharted Territory

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!

13 Responses to “Uncharted Territory”

  1. Howard Says:

    Get the broom out of the closet!

  2. cleonjones Says:

    This team is really showing me something. At this point, I would not trade Beltran. In fact, we should offer him a contract after the season. Lets go for the sweep tonight. Boy, I miss my man Reyes- I have a feeling he is going on the DL. I like this kid Duca- what happen to the “bad” farm system we have ? Lets go Mets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    If you really want an off the field sliver of hope, check out the NYT article today on the judge assigned to the Wilpon case. Of course it’s early days as yet, but it seems from the article that the judge seems quite skeptical of the validity of this clawback suit from Picard, and he might even toss the whole thing, or at least the majority of it. And it might happen within the next month or so. Maybe we won’t have to have this big sell-off, after all.

  4. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Love the chemistry of this team—as much as chemistry can be overvalued, I think we can say that this team is a REAL team. They pick each other up, they believe in each other.

    When they walked Duda to get to Tejada the first time I said, “That’s stupid. Tejada is great with 2 outs!” Didn’t get a hit in that at bat but great to wake up today and see he did later!

    I’m really proud of Parnell—he is getting it together!

    I don’t know if they have a prize for Coach of the Year, but if they do Dave Hudgens should get it. This team is the complete opposite of last year etc.

    Um, what is that photo above? Though I guess on an XXXXXXXXL t-shirt it’s a logo that can be seen from space, forget from shortstop. YIKES!

  5. JoMama Says:

    What happened to Bay? Guy looked like his old self last night…sad, too, we could have used his bat.

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    JoMama, you really are a clown. Let me know if you are available in September for my son’s third birthday party. Thanks!

  7. Big D Says:

    I have’t been to the stadium in a while. Does anyone know if seats in Left Field Reserved section 137 are covered?

  8. USMF Says:

    Bashing on a pic of people who happen to be heavier than norm is real classy…You may not think my jokes are funny, but a least I don’t act like a middle school bully.

    Hudgens may be the biggest influence on this teams ability to get two out hits, but the guys almost never gives interviews or see even seem on camera. Who here could pick him out of a lineup?

    http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=nym&coachorstaffid=116256

    As far as the Wilponzi stuff, I wouldn’t be surprised tho see the case thrown out…Picard is a shady bastard who’s even getting sued by the people he’s supposed to be representing because of his back room deals letting some people off the hook even though they were involved ten times the amount Fred was. Even if the case is tossed, Fred will still have to pay about $300mil, but I’m hoping that amount won’t cripple the teams payroll next year.

  9. JoMama Says:

    Let me get this straight - I call out a middle of the order guy making tons of $ to hit the ball out of the park going 0-fer and I’m the clown? He has two good weeks (in two years no less) and he’s now THE MAN? Please Jake, you love jumping on this guys jock more than anyone I know. He needs to show me some consistency - looked totally lost again last night against not very good pitching. The guy’s still a chump in my book and so are you.

  10. Andrew Says:

    BMF,
    I totally agree with you about Beltran. Sure, he’s been hurt a bit. Who hasn’t? Just because he didn’t hit 37 home runs in one single playoff series (like he did with Houston) doesn’t mean that he deserves to be treated by Met fans like he has been over the past few years. They guy is a 5-tooler. Sure, he’s getting older and the tools are a little rusty, but he can still play the game and the Mets have definitely been better for having him.

  11. BrooklynBill Says:

    Beltran & Reyes are nice players, no doubt. But I think we are all getting a little wishy washy over their potential departures based on their play of late. We’re also perhaps a little drunk over the fact that we’re 3 games over .500 at this point in the season!

    Ironically both Beltran and Reyes are in their walk year. GO FIGURE!! It disgusts me how these professional athletes can suddenly dial-up their game up a few notches when they realize they stand to score a huge pay day.

    Beltran has had a nice run as a Met but let’s be real, he has not panned out to be the consistent 30/30 switch hitting perennial gold glove CF we thought we were getting when we signed him. He was a rising star and he kind of flat lined. And while Reyes is one of the more dynamic SSs in the game, he has never batted .350 before and is definitely not worth a long term contract that locks up 120-140MM of $$ room to work with over 7+ yrs. If I were GM, I’d rather upgrade in multiple places. But then again, I’m not a GM, never will be and probably with good reason :)

    Sell high and get what we can I say.

  12. BlondiesJake Says:

    BrooklynBill, I think you are overemphasizing the fact it’s Reyes’ walk year. He has been a tremendous player for almost all of his career, but injuries clearly slowed his progress the past two seasons. I just don’t see how you can imply he waited until now to step his game up. He’s been an All-Star and one of the top 5 shortstops in the game for a while.

    While nobody expects him to hit .350 every year, hitting .300 with 100 runs scored, a bunch of doubles, a bushel of triples and 50+ stolen bases is a reasonable expectation. Yes, the $ they are talking is a lot. But players like Reyes are why you spend big money.

    As for Beltran, I stand by my commentary in the blog and the statements by others here that he may be the most underappreciated Met of all time.

  13. BrooklynBill Says:

    Not denying Reyes is a nice player, just want him back @ the right price. It’s a boatload of $$ into a single player who will be aging.

    Beltran’s basically been a .280/20/80 OF for his career. Pretty pedestrian…he’s having a great year and playing more than I ever expected but, I’m not going to miss him much if he’s traded away.

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