Well those 7 games against the Yankees and Braves certainly turned out way better than anyone had thought. The Mets ended up winning 5 of 7 which included a sweep of the cross town rival Yankees. This is the first time the Mets have swept a season series vs. the Yankees. In this series there was more good then bad. Here is a quick list of observations on the 7 games:
- Yes Ike had two big hits, but he also struck out 11 times in 20 at bats. This 3 game series vs. the Marlins has to be the breakout time for Ike. If he struggles this weekend against a VERY bad Marlins club, they have to send him down!
- The 15-DL saved Ruben Tejada. As much as Ike is struggling Ruben has been just as bad. Yes Ruben is hitting above .200 (barley) but has shown lapses in concentration both on the field and base pads. Maybe this stint on the DL will give Ruben the kick in the ass he needs.
- John Buck and Marlon Byrd are going to be good pick-ups for a contender. The two of them are both producing just enough to bring back some possible talent come July/August. John Buck would make a great addition to a contender looking for a rental catcher and the Mets can sell high if he keeps driving in runs. Byrd can be a fantastic late pick-up for a team needing an outfield boost. He has shown he can both hit for power and still has some life left in the arm.
- The Mets do have a core of talent to build around. Yes Wright is not young, but he along with Murphy, Duda, Harvey, Neise and Parnell showed in this series the Mets have hope for the future. You throw in Wheeler, Montero and Travis d’Arnaud and the Mets are looking up.
The next three games vs. Miami are prime to continue the hot play the Mets established over the last 5 games. A let down can not happen and anything less then taking 2 of 3 would be a major set back for a team finally catching on.