The times, they are a changin'. Winning winning winning. I counted, and the Mets have now won a remarkable three games in a row.
But the revenge will only be sweet for me if it's sweep, since I had to endure the drubbing LA laid on us at Dodgers Stadium in person. The Dodgies are in the middle of a Met, er a slump. And B(r)ad Penny is the opposite of a Mets stopper, the guy is a freakin' enabler.
Mets RMLV* Claudio Vargas had a bad stretch in the 5th inning, and then in the 6th the ump started squeezing him a bit so his nibbling became obvious. I guess Willie's leaving of Vargas in to face the music in the 6th is reflective of his lack of confidence in his pen to bring the much-needed hammer down, or his interest in getting more than 80 or so pitches out of the Vargas boy. Feliciano came in with 2 down in the 6th and departed soonthereafter in a haze of inefficiency.
The Mets introduced a host of new strategies tonight: competent, game-changing defense (Brian Schneider blocking a mean plate), adding on of insurance runs when the opposition threatens, and the scoring of runs in 6 run clumps. They are playing exciting baseball now. Or they're winning. Whatever.
Since his maniacal hug of Ferdando Tatis last night, Willie looks happier and happier by the inning: removing Scott Schoeneweis never looked so fun!
How can the Mets keep trotting out Delgado and continue to roll? Mojo-wise, I'm thinking the way forward is to call up Stash
, and have him don the orange jacket Jay Horwitz has been sporting to keep the evil spirits away. It might look like this:
*Random Minor League Veteran