Another big night for Carlos Delgado (3 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and another big hit for Daniel Murphy, who had an RBI double off Brad Lidge to score Carlos Beltran with the winning run.
Did I say the Mets should’ve pinch-hit for Murphy in the sixth? Yes. Boy did he prove me wrong.
I wish I could give you quotes from Murphy about the biggest hit of his career, but he’s very quiet and talks almost solely about X’s and O’s. Instead, here’s what Jerry Manuel had to said about the rookie, who snapped an 0-for-16 skid:
“I still feel very confident with him at the plate,” Manuel said. “I never thought about pinch-hitting for him or anything like that. Heâ€™s a big part of what weâ€™re doing.”
To me, the story tonight was Delgado, who’s continued resurgence is so out-of-this-world that someone actually asked him about entering the NL MVP mix. Huh, Carlos Delgado???
Delgado, a free-agent with a 2009 option that can either vest or become a club option, said he’d like to remain in New York next year. At this rate I can’t imagine anyone would want him to leave, even the same people who wanted him traded, benched and/or released back in June.
“Iâ€™d like to come back,” he said in the middle of a clubhouse so raucous it sounded like a South Beach nightclub. “This is something weâ€™ll probably revisit in the off season. Right now weâ€™re trying to win. Itâ€™s exciting.”
Time for me to hit the road. I have a long drive home to Westchester and a flight to catch to Florida tomorrow. I’ll have more to say then. Happy blogging Met fans…