June 21, 2010

Optimistic or Greedy ??

Having enjoyed the Mets Sweeping run through 2 of the AL's doormats on the road in Baltimore and Cleveland, I like many Mets fans was extremely pleased to the point of being almost giddy as the club returned "home" for a quick "Bus Trip" to face the Dreaded Yankees in the final Subway Series of 2010 in the Bronx.

Friday night's stellar performance turned in by Hisanori Takahashi combined with the continued production from Angel "SendAnAngelToAnaheim" Pagan and a renewal of the ebullience of Jose Reyes and a much welcomed explosion of aggression and enthusiasm from David "Ducky" Wright along with K-Rod's efficient save, further buoyed my hopes for the possibility of the Mets at least winning the season Subway Series.

Saturday's anticipated battle of 9 game winners Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes quickly took a backseat as Jose Reyes led of the middle game of this series with a homer and repeated the effort his second time at bat. Mark Texiera answered both of Reyes' blasts by getting a run home in the first grounding into a double play which scored Brett Gardner and followed Reyes' 3rd inning 2 run dinger with a 2 run blast of his own.

Both Pelfrey and Hughes put in workmanlike solid efforts in going 7 innings each with the difference being Curtis Granderson's 2 run shot in fourth off of Pelfrey which gave Hughes and the Bombers of the Bronx a 5-3 lead which proved to be the end of the scoring as the Yankees used Joba Chamberlain in the eighth before handing the ball to the great MO Rivera who recorded his 16th save of the year, retiring Ike Davis, Jason Bay and Chris Carter in order in the 9th.

With the series finale set to feature aces CC Sabathia and Johan Santana, my optimism remained but was somewhat guarded. Santana was effective if not spectacular until the the 3rd when Mark Texiera followed singles from Gardner, Jeter and a bunt hit from Nick Swisher with a "Text Message" into the left field bleachers for the 3rd Grand Slam allowed by Santana this year and the 7th given up by Mets pitching in 2010.

That was it for scoring on this Father's Day 2010 as Sabathia held the Mets to 4 hits over 8 innings but a 22 minute rain delay afforded Joe Girardi the luxury of letting Mariano put an exclamation point on the shutout and 3 - 3 split of the season series between the croos town rival for the second year in a row.

The win gave the Yanks a 6-3 record on their concluded home stand as they head to Arizona for the balance of the 2010 inter league schedule.

The Mets are off Monday as they await the arrival of AL contenders Detroit and Minnesota after completing their road trip with a 7-2 record.

Based on the results of the last 9 games against AL teams, I do not feel that winning 4 of these six home games is unrealistic.

Optimism, definitely...Greed, you decide... Either Way


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