August 17, 2010

End of the K Rod Era ** Cards Crunch Time

As the Mets continue to wait for the 1st shovel of dirt to be thrown upon them in this disaster known as the 2010 season, the Mets "core" of David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes accounted for 6 of the Mets 7 hits in Monday night's 3-1 win over the Astros at Minute Maid park. While Beltran enjoyed his latest return to Houston by hammering his 2nd HR of the year giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 4th off starter Wandy Rodriguez and wright banged out a 3 hit night, the real story as has been the case all year, was the Mets pitching. Jon Niese extended the staffs string of good starts by providing 7 innings of 7 hit ball, allowing a single run, striking out 5 and walking none. After Niese(who'd thrown 101 pitches) , was foolishly removed after 7 by so-called manager Jerry Manuel, Elmer Dessens and Redro Feliciano held the Astros scoreless in the eighth while the offense provided 2 desperately needed runs in the top of the 9th as Wright and Beltran collected consecutive singles with DW scoring on a Matt Lindstrom wild pitch and the "erratically" impotent bat of Jeff Francoeur followed with a triple driving in Beltran. Manuel was then forced to look for a replacement closer with high priced Francisco Rodriguez done for the year st leat. Hisanori Takahashi was called on to start the 9th and responded by retiring all 3 Astros he faced, making a winner out of Feliciano and garnering his 1st MLB save.

If Mets management will "do the right thing" and sever ties with K Rod for good, this was the first sign of the End of the not so infamous K Rod era in Mets History.

The Mets continue this 4 game series with the Astros tonight looking for a continuance of the Wright, Beltran, Reyes and yes Francoeur wake up as they send ace Johan Santana to face ex-Met Nelson Figueroa (who in the words of the legendary Ricky Riccardo, "has some 'Splainin to do" as his comments regarding his time with the team were "critical" to say the least).

Meanwhile after a disappointing weekend home series loss to the Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals return to face the Brewers of Milwaukee at Busch in a quick 2 game set sending impressive rookie lefty Jaime Garcia to the mound as the Redbirds look to at least keep pace and hoping to gain ground on the NL Central leading Reds who have a 1 game lead. The NL west contending SF Giants visit Busch this weekend so the Redbirds need to "make hay" against inferior clubs like the Brewers, who'll send Dave Bush tonight, before facing the Giants and then heading to Pittsburgh, Washington and Houston where they again should prevail in "must win" series' before the Reds come into St Louis for what is building to be a huge Labor Day weekend 3 game set.

My Mets Mantra continues to be :


Of Course we Mets' fans will continue to BELIEVE !!!!


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