The Mets’ offense is practically unstoppable on the road. On this abbreviated road trip, they outscored their opponents 28-6. The Marlins’ one run lead, which lasted one full inning, was the only time they trailed this entire road trip. For the season, the Mets have outscored their opponents 64-17 on the road. Right now, this is just an extraordinarily good road team. Really, it is amazing that they have even lost a game on the road; the Mets will get a chance to avenge those two losses this weekend.
The only everyday hitter that is struggling right now is Carlos Delgado, and he has ten RBI’s (in part because the Mets’ position hitters in front of him are getting on base). David Wright has hit safely in each of the first 14 games. Carlos Beltran has 4 home runs, and I’m not even sure he’s found his power stroke yet. Jose Valentin has gotten things cooking after a slow start, and that doesn’t even speak of his stellar second base defense so far. Moises Alou has been an absolutely stellar pick up so far. And then there’s Jose Reyes, who, two years after putting up a .300 OBP in a full season, has become an on-base machine, including two walks drawn yesterday. 1 through 8, there are no real holes, well, until Shawn Green stops hitting (but so far, to his credit, he has stayed decent).
Last night the Mets had good pitching, too. After a rough first inning, El Duque settled down, winding up with ten strikeouts and only five baserunners in seven innings. If healthy, he will be a big part of this team’s success this year. Ambiorix Burgos had a nice 8th, and Billy Wagner gave up a meaningless unearned run in the 9th in his first game in six days (due to rain and Mets’ blowouts). Right now, this is just a team playing well in all aspects of the game.
However, they will need to keep up this recent run, as they have a three game set back at Shea starting tonight with the Atlanta Braves. The Mets moved a half-game ahead of the Braves last night, so they will need to win the series to stay in first place. The first game will feature Tim Hudson facing Mike Pelfrey, in what will be the youngster’s biggest game to date. A big performance here, and he will be well on his way to earning a place in Mets’ fans hearts. Game time is 7:10 PM.