Here’s a few quick thoughts before I drive down to Chicago for the night:
â€” The Mets swept the second-best club in the NL with three LHP on the mound. What’s that mean? Well, the Brewers were 31-13 heading into the series vs. LH starters. No longer.
Jerry Manuel thought the quality of lefties in the NL Central didn’t compare to his division:
“Our division happens to have some pretty good left-handed pitchers. Nothing against the Central, but I donâ€™t think they have the type of pitchers that we have. You have to measure apples to apples sometimes.”
â€” The Mets may be the top apple in the NL right now. They just finished a very difficult road trip 6-2 and have now won 17 of 22. The Phillies may arrive in town at just the right time.
Here’s David Wright:
“Itâ€™s important that we come out with the same intensity, the same focus after this off-day. We donâ€™t want to get lackadaisical. We want to come out with that same focus that we came out with on this series and on this whole trip.”
â€” Here’s a big difference in this team: The Mets of Willie Randolph used to downplay important junctures, this team embraces them.
Here’s Friday’s starter Mike Pelfrey:
“Itâ€™s obviously a huge series. Theyâ€™re right behind us, and it gives us an opportunity to make some separation.”
â€” And, lastly, the nice story of the day award goes to Ryan Church, who swatted his first homer since June 1 and only the second grand slam of his career.
“It’s just being able to lace up the spikes and go out there everyday and play again. I think Iâ€™m proving a lot of people wrong. A lot of people may have written me off. They said I wasnâ€™t going to play again, that my season was over, so I was like, Iâ€™m going to show them. Day in and day out Iâ€™m getting better and better. Hopefully I can just finish strong.”