Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
The main this about the 6-14 Sunday version of the New York Mets was they didn’t quit after Dillon Gee gave up eight runs. They simply got back up to the plate and, in this case, barreled up on the ball to hit four unanswered home runs that produced seven runs.
The only person missing from the best lineup they could put together right now was Michael Cuddyer; however, Darrell Ceciliani filled in just fine with his first home run of the season. This could change things in the second half of the season if 'DC' continues to show he belongs here. Both Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson are going to need some additional days off during the stretch and slotting Ceciliani in the lineup looks much more lethal than, let's say, Danny Muno at third.
Dilson Herrera continued to pay dividends both on the field and, this game, with a bat in his hands (second home run in the fourth inning). His web gem assist on a ground ball for the third out in the eight is just one reasons I have had him as the top prospect in the Mets chain since I released my rankings in the pre-season. Even TC said that Herrera has to stay on second base when Daniel Murphy returns.
Folks, you’re looking at your new Mets second baseman for years to come.
I was particularly thrilled with the 1.0 scoreless inning that Bobby Parnell put up. Yes, his velocity isn’t what it used to be, and he did walk a batter, but his control was major league quality and did what the Mets asked him to do.
Didn’t I just write someone in yesterday’s comments to keep track of Juan Lagares’ OPS from 6-14 until the end of the year? Lagares is now healthy and swinging 100% through the ball and that, with his confidence and approach to the game, should add a new level of excellence this season to his game.
I’m not saying Lagares will ever win the batting title, but he’s no longer a .250 hitter either.
And I’m not saying the Mets have some super-duper home run hitting dude on this team (apologies to Lucas). What they do have is six or seven guys that can hit 20+ homers during the season, which will translate into victories like this one.
And lastly, there’s just something special about Jeurys Familia. It must be the spin he puts on the ball. Balls that come off of bats against him just seem to not be so deadly.
As a fan, don’t spend any time lamenting the loss Saturday night. You won the series and that’s what your goal was when you started out playing Atlanta on Friday. Remember… win the series, win the series.
SA and TC have some decisions to make as early as tonight. One of baseball’s most talented teams, Toronto comes to town, followed by a trip to their home stadium. I’m going to assume that the Dillon Gee experiment is over and, he goes where? Do you send down Hansel Robles and put him in the pen? Do you DFA him and see if you can make a deal with someone? Let’s face it, he really has no trade value at this point and I really don’t want this guy in the clubhouse anymore after this comeback.
Officially, TC said he doesn’t know when they will need another 6-man ‘spot starter’ which translates as we don’t have any intention of using Gee.
Next up, the Mets have two home games vs. Toronto, two in Toronto, three in Atlanta, a day off on 6-22, three at home vs. Milwaukee, three in Cincinnati, and a day off on 6-29. That’s 14 games in the next 12 days, a feat easily capable by a 5-man rotation.
This period also surpasses any Super-2 requirements, so the next decision by SA and TC could be Steven Matz.
For now, I can’t think of any reason to not begin a decent win streak right now. It also wouldn't kill us if the Pirates and Cubs would cool off a little so we could catch up to them in the loss column.
These are the kind of games a team remember for a long time.
Hats off, guys.