Good Feelings
August 30th, 2011 by slangon

It’s not too often these days that I can actually feel pretty good about the Mets, but they did sweep the Marlins in a double header yesterday, and that’s put a smile on my face. And yes, I do understand that the Marlins are a team who’ve gone 4-19 over their last 23 games, but I’m smiling none-the-less, dammit. So I’d like to take this opportunity to tip my hat to some of the Mets that made yesterday possible.

First off, in game 1, resident knuckleballer and philosopher, R.A. Dickey threw 7 innings of shutout ball. He also picked Mike Cameron off of second base in the 7th inning with a weird looking sidearm toss. His quote: “Not having a ligament in your right arm helps. I wouldn’t suggest that other people try that.”

Lucas Duda added a 3 for 4 day in Game 1, with a run scored. That, plus the fact that he’s raised his batting average by 30 points in the month of August kind of makes up for the 0-fer he took in Game 2.

Nick Evans added a 4 for 6 day with 2 runs scored in the two games. It’s nice to see Nick getting some playing time and some hits to go with it.

Bobby Parnell saved Game 1 for Dickey, despite giving up a solo homer to Gaby Sanchez to cut the Mets lead in half. He also closed out Game 2 in a non-save situation, this time without giving up any runs.

David Wright went 3 for 8 on the day with a couple of RBI’s in the second game. One of those RBI was of the 2-out variety, which is always a welcome sight in the box score of any Mets game.

Pagan also picked himself up a 2 out rib eye in Game 2 to go with a fine running catch that turned a probable double into a fly ball out.

Dillon Gee picked up his 12th win of the season in the second game, going 6 innings while only giving up 1 run. Another fine start by the Mets pitching staff as of late.

Ruben Tejada went 2 for 4 in the late game and scored twice. He also picked up the first triple of his career.

Jason Bay really helped the team in the second game by not playing. Zing.

Finally, Jose Reyes returned from the disabled list last night. He didn’t have a great night as he committed an error in the 6th and only picked up 1 hit, but it’s just nice to see him back with the team.

I know that none of it really matters, but there’s nothing sweeter than your team sweeping a double header. It creeps them just a little bit back to that ever elusive .500 mark and gives them a little bit of breathing room in 3rd place. At this point that’s the best they can hope for, an even record at the end of the year and sole possession of 3rd place in the N.L. East. Yes. That’s right. Mediocrity is the best I can hope for.

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