Hey, who needs pitching with an offense like this?
Actually, the Mets are going to need a lot better pitching than this to go where they want to go. Eight runs allowed in the two games, two bad starts, and five runs given up by the pen in this one. Don’t think they’ll be winning too many games in the playoffs allowing 10 runs. Even Brian Stokes, the revelation, finally let them down. But Luis Ayala looks pretty good right now, playing the part of Billy Wagner. That sinker can be a nice weapon.
Jerry Manuel was talking after the game about how he thinks the bats are getting hot at the right time and maybe have escaped some of the blame in the past, that it has usually gone to the bullpen. Carlos Beltran said he thinks the Phillies are starting to feel the pressure, but anything can still happen. The Mets are up by 3 1/2. They have 17 to play.
The big thing was seeing David Wright start to look better at the plate with six hits in these two games against the Nats. Manuel and HoJo worked with him before Tuesday’s game.
Oh, and another big thing was seeing Jose Reyes on base three times, igniting that six-run third with a single and the steal that broke Mookie’s all-time franchise stolen-base record of 281. Reyes did it in just six seasons. Reyes was off to another slow September start at 3 for 25 coming into this series. He went 3 for 8 in the two games, and he drew two walks in this one.
The Nationals, by the way, had their hazing day, so the rookies had to leave the ballpark in wacky costumes. Saw one player who I think was Gumby. Manny Acta didn’t want to press the issue of Elijah Dukes, who overreacted to the inside pitch by Pelfrey in the fourth after homering in the second. And then Dukes raised his arms to the booing fans behind the third-base dugout in the ninth, as if to say keep bringing it on. Acta said they’ve worked with him on his temper.
OK, that’s it for now. The team is off today. The Braves come to town tomorrow.