Last week’s poll question was: What will the Mets’ 10-game record be during this home stand?
Here are the results:
Well, the Mets have played seven of their 10 home games during this stretch, and right now they are 4-3. What started out with such promise with a possible sweep of the Colorado Rockies has turned into struggling to win half of the games in this home stand.
You gotta wonder if the Mets would’ve swept the Rockies if Johan Santana’s start hadn’t been rained out. Did the rain not only dampen the game but also the Mets’ momentum and the team’s spirit? Santana went on to win the game, but the Mets have only won one game since, thanks to a grand slam from Angel Pagan, an unlikely source.
The poll results were spread out, but the slight majority of you think the Mets will go 6-4. That means they have to either win tonight’s game against a very tough Danny Haren of the Diamondbacks or sweep the Cardinals mini-series, which also seems unlikely even though Santana is pitching one of the games.
The Mets would probably settle for a 5-5 split at this point, but it’s gotta be seen as a disappointment. They should’ve beaten up on a rather weak Arizona team but couldn’t get the bats going in two of the games. In the five games before the rain-out, the Mets had scored 33 runs for an average of 6.6 runs per game. After the rain-out, they’ve scored 22 runs in another five games, for an average of four runs per game. The Mets only scored two runs each in three of the last five games.
Hopefully, Gary Sheffield’s return to the lineup up will provide some more offensive firepower. With his legs fully rested, he should be good for four or five games a week. The Mets’ home run leader needs to start hitting homers again if he wants to stay ahead of Jeff Francoeur, who now has nine, five of which came when he was a Brave. He’s now hit three homers in just over a week.
David Wright is on Francoeur’s heels with seven bombs. Even Daniel Murphy has six home runs. Speaking of Murphy, he’s the subject of this week’s poll question. Despite having to learn two new positions this year, Murphy seems to have settled into his role at first base. He’s started 10 double plays and has exhibited some spectacular defensive chops. He’s had his share of dropped balls and mental mistakes, too, but they will resolve themselves with more experience.
This week’s poll question is: Is Daniel Murphy the Mets’ answer at first base for years to come?