Wow, 18 runs in two games!

Posted: July 26, 2009 in Mets

The Mets took two of three from the Houston Astros this weekend and honestly, if Johan Santana produced a typical Johan start Friday night, then the Mets would have swept. But I digress. Since I’m working right now, I’ll comment more after my shift is complete, but I will say this: The Mets’ offense was much, much better this weekend. They produced double-digits in hits all three games and even knocked a few balls out of the park (and we all know how rare that is from this team). Jeff Francoeur had two more RBIs today, giving him 14 in his 12 games with the Mets. For a comparison, Ryan Church produced 22 RBIs in over three months with the team. The Mets won 8-3 today to follow last night’s 10-3 win. It certainly helped to have Russ Ortiz and Brian Moehler starting the last two games, but let’s face it, for the better part of a month, it hasn’t mattered who has started against the Mets, so we’ll take what we can get. The Mets are now 46-51, 7 1/2 games behind the Wild Card-leading Rockies. The Mets are stuck behind seven teams in the Wild Card standings, so they’re the very definition of longshot. But, the Rockies come to town for a four-game set Monday, the start of a 10-game homestand (Rockies for 4, D-Backs for 4, Cardinals for 2). If the Mets could somehow produce a 7-3 homestand, they’d be 53-54 with a seven-game road trip to the NL West bottom feeders (San Diego and Arizona) following. If they go 4-3 on that swing, they’re back at .500 at 57-57, hopefully jumping over a few teams and getting within 4-5 games of the Wild Card lead. That’s 12-7 over the next 19 games. Is it doable? Still doubtful but if they could somehow take three of four from the Rockies and Omar could pull off a deal for either another starter or bat before the deadline, the fans may have hope, especially if any of the injured stars returns soon. It would be refreshing to see a Mets team stage a dramatic rally when all seemed lost. It would help erase some of the awful taste the last two seasons/collapses have left in our mouths. While my belief is on life support, a strong homestand can make me feel good about this team again. Come on, guys. Get it done!

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