Mets looking good so far

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Mets

The Mets won their third straight tonight, ripping the NL favorite Phillies 7-1 with a six-run third inning and some solid pitching (and hitting) from Chris Young. Young worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run while fanning seven. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI. The Mets chased Cole Hamels (they own that guy) with the six-run outburst in the third, and while there weren’t a ton of hard-hit balls, it was nice to see them come through with some clutch hits. So far this season (and I know it’s a very small sample), I like what I’m seeing. There seems to be an optimism and enthusiasm with this team, and they are playing crisp baseball with just one error in four games. Manager Terry Collins seems to be a night-and-day difference from Jerry Manuel, and early reports say the team really enjoys playing for him. Of course, everything seems positive when you’re winning. We’ll get a better gauge for what type of character this team has after it endures a losing streak. There are some notable improvements this year. For one, the Mets have a much better bench than they’ve had in awhile. Guys like Willie Harris and Scott Hairston were nice under the radar moves by Sandy Alderson (man, it’s great to have a GM who knows what he’s doing), while Daniel Murphy adds a line-drive bat and the ability (albeit shakily) to play multiple positions. Chin-lung Hu is an outstanding defensive player, and the Mets have used him to spell both Brad Emaus and Murphy at second base. The bullpen, a concern coming in with the losses of Pedro Feliciano and Hisanori Takahashi to free agency, has been very effective so far. Still have to tell myself, it’s only four games. But 3-1 sure beats 1-3.

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