August 14, 2010
Trickey Dickey ** Mets Mentality ** Cards Roll
The old and more oft than not proven adage that players and teams can't turn effort and mindset on and off like a light switch has seemingly been put down for a nap in Queens over the past 2 days. With the Mets having their high priced star closer placed on the "restricted" list by the club for two days following Wednesday's much publicized "altercation" with his "common law father-in-law"/child's grandfather/girlfriend's dad and the team in dire need of a few outstanding starts ...VOILA.. Johan Santana took the mound for "lost and out of the loop" Jerry Manuel on Thursday and shut out the Colorado Rockies in a 4 hit complete game in which the Mets actually got him 4 runs of support. Friday night against the hated Phillies at Citi Field, knuckleballer RA Dickey topped Santana's effort by allowing just 1 hit (to opposing pitcher Cole Hamels) in yet another complete game shutout, the Mets franchise's 35th one hitter (still looking for that 1st no hitter)as Carlos Beltran followed a sixth inning double by David "Ducky" Wright with one of his own scoring Wright with the game's lone run.
In a year where the Mets "on field" performance can be described as "up and down" at best, It seemed to this observer that a few members of the club, namely Santana and Dickey, understood the urgency and necessity for great performances and were able to "flip the switch" and overcome the loss of K Rod at least for the duration of his time on the "restricted list".
While the "Damn" Braves continue to win the Mets (58-57) have finally won back to back games for the 1st time since June 22 and 23 while remaining 3rd in the NL East 9 games back of Atlanta who got yet another game winner form Brooks Conrad, who'll be filling in for the "lost for the season" Larry Jones.
The Mets have finally promoted Pat Misch from Buffalo where he's been solid if unspectacular in a season that has seen him named to the Int'l League All Star Game. Misch will face Roy "Doc" Halladay Saturday night in the middle game of the series. While the starting pitching has been spectacular the past 2 games resulting in no need for their high priced closer, the Mets need the anemic offense to "carry" some of the burden and score more than the 6 runs they've tallied over their past 3 wins.
On yet another hot, steamy night at Busch Stadium, where the temperature at first pitch was 93 degrees. the Cardinals faced their longtime rival Chicago Cubs in front of a full house of 45,546.
After giving up 4 consecutive 1 out hits and 2 runs, new Cards righty Jake Westbrook settled in to give St. Louis 6 solid innings and allow the Redbirds on the strength of Albert Pujols' 29th HR and 2 RBI from Yadier Molina to come back and take a 6-3 decision on Friday night.
While the sell out crowd enjoyed a win as the Cards made sure to maintain their NL Central lead over Cincinnati, the Reds showed their resiliency, bouncing back from the "Basebrawl" series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals, to score early against Marlins ace Josh Johnson to win. The "Old" Cobs intensity appeared somewhat lacking as Lou Piniella sent rookie Thomas Diamond (former 2004 #1 pick of the Texas Rangers) to the mound with a line-up missing some "rivalry veterans" such as Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot, due to their having been dealt recently to the Sf Giants and LA Dodgers, respectively as well as the absence of Giovanni Soto due to injury
Some of the "nastiness" of the rivalry may return in the heat of Busch Saturday afternoon as the ever "entertaining" Carlos Zambrano will take the mound for his 2nd start since returning from a "cooling off"stint in Iowa, facing Cards 13 game winner Chris Carpenter, fresh from his being "attacked" by the Reds Johnny Cueto on Wednesday in Cincinnati.
As will continue to be this Mets' fans mantra until it happens :
FIRE JERRY MANUEL !!!
FIRE OMAR MINAYA !!!
As we diehard Mets fans will continue to "BELIEVE" ...
LET'S GO METS !!!!!