Mets pick up shutout sweep

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Mets

Just felt good to type that. For once, the Mets clearly got the better of the three-time defending division champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets also accomplished something they haven’t done since 1969, shut out a team in a three-game series.
The Phillies were in a hitting funk coming into the series. They leave New York wondering just what they have to do to score a run. This is a great offense, I’m sure it will get rolling soon, I’m just glad the Mets caught them in a series where I had a better chance of picking up an RBI than the Phillies did.
So now, as the Mets head on a six-game road trip, where they’re a pitiful 6-14, the question is can they sustain this momentum? And just how good is this team? They’ve had an eight-game winning streak and are currently on a five-game hot streak. But they’ve also had horrendous stretches (4-8 to start the year, a recent 3-12 skid) where they looked like one of the worst teams in the league. Getting Oliver Perez and John Maine out of the rotation was addition by subtraction, but how long can R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi pitch this well? I’m hoping they can keep it up, but still not convinced.
The Mets still have to prove they can win on the road, and it starts tonight against a lackluster Milwaukee Brewers team. Johan Santana matches up with Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, so it should be a good game. If the Mets can go 4-2 on this trip, it would give the squad a world of confidence. But if they continue to falter on the road, they just may be what they are now – an o.k. but unspectacular team that will hover around .500 all year.
But at least they shut out the hated Phillies three games in a row. Hey, I’m trying to hang my hat on something here…..

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