Another win. This is just a team on a roll right now. Maybe it’s playing against two sub-75 win teams back to back to back, but this Mets team looks just about unstoppable. They can hit, they can pitch, they have a bullpen that doesn’t give back leads, the defense hasn’t let us down. This is a team that, through six games, has done everything you could hope for out of your favorite baseball team.
David Wright, quite frankly, has been unstoppable. 2 for 4 tonight with a double and a triple, scoring the Mets’ first run. Also, a lot of people ragged on Wright’s defense last year; well, through six games, he’s shown great range and has not committed a single error. It’s only six games in the season, and anybody can have a good six games, but I think we’re more likely to see him continue this sort of performance than not.
Not to leave out any of the other Mets. Carlos Beltran, after starting out 0 for 9, is now hitting .292 now after going 2 for 3 today. Carlos Delgado went 2 for 3 with a double, continuing to hit for both average and power in the early going. Every Mets’ position player had a hit except for Lo Duca. It’s actually somewhat amazing they didn’t have more runs, but the Nats were able to pitch out of jams.
And speaking of pitching out of jams…how about Pedro in the sixth? Bases loaded, no outs, and he keeps the Nats from scoring? Just another strong game for Pedro, and he still doesn’t have his best stuff. He’s still in “third game of spring training” mode. Imagine what happens when he’s able to kick it up a notch. Also, it goes without saying, but there were no altercations between Pedro and Jose Guillen. Once the warnings were issued, I think the chances of that happening went away. It’s for the best; it would have been nice if Pedro plunked Guillen, but at this point, the Mets can’t afford to lose him for a start, either.
Some more strong bullpen work as well; other than Jorge Julio, the Mets’ bullpen has been excellent this season. Imagine how much better it would be if Heath Bell were there instead of Julio. Oh well, they’re still winning, and that’s all that counts.
The Mets conclude the three game series with the Nationals tomorrow at RFK, with Victor Zambrano going against ol’ rubber arm, Livan Hernandez. It’s a 1:05 PM start, so for those of you at work, you might have to tape or Tivo this, or do what I did and get the MLB audio package, which will be handy for me for the few games that don’t air on the Extra Innings package.