Mets win again, complete 9-1 homestand

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Mets

I don’t know what happened to the Mets, and I don’t really want to know. Just keep it going, fellas.
The Mets won their seventh straight game this afternoon, getting six solid innings from John Maine and some timely hitting in a 7-3 win.
Maine’s fastball is still lacking, as he hit 90 on the gun just twice by my count, but he struck out nine. He was especially impressive in the fifth, as I was sure he was about to implode. Up 5-1, he gave a walk and two-run homer followed by a Matt Kemp double, so he was clearly on the ropes. But Maine struck Andre Ethier out and got James Loney out on a grounder to end the threat. He finished by striking out the side in the sixth before he was lifted following a leadoff walk in the seventh. By far his best effort of the season.
Offensively, Angel Pagan highlighted a four-run second with a two-run triple, while David Wright continued to break out of his slump with a couple hits and a walk. Jeff Francoeur added a pair of RBIs and Ike Davis drove in a run with a single. It’s no coincidence the Mets started playing well just as Davis was called up, he’s provided energy and more importantly, production from the first-base position.
With the Phillies losing 4-1 in the eighth to Tim Lincecum and the Giants, it looks like the Mets will enter this weekend’s series with a 1 1/2 game lead over their rivals. Nobody would have thought that possible two weeks ago, especially me.
It’s very early in the season and the Phillies are the clear favorites in the NL East, but it’s nice to see the Mets playing good baseball right now. Let’s hope it continues this weekend!

  1. What an improbable, wonderful homestand that was.

    As you note in your last paragraph, it’s early. I have no delusions of grandeur. But it sure was nice.

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