Welcome to the ...Mets are off today; I have softball after work; Lunch Time Droid version of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET.
So the trip to the Ballpark Next to Six Flags Over Texas turned out to be a lot of fun after all. But the Texas heat must have gotten to the Mets' heads. For a weekend, they forgot they were offensively challenged. Home runs were still scarce but singles abounded. That just made for more running; more sweat; and for Met Fans, more fun.
Jose Reyes seemed to enjoy the heat and spent the weekend burning up the base paths; whether be it with triples or stolen bases. Carlos Beltran should have 50 RBI before June is over. And Justin Turner continues to be the unknown Gift to Met-Kind.
But let's size up this game with whom it belongs; Dillon Gee. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 8 hits, while allowing 3 earned runs and a home run to Michael Young. But Dillon Gee won Sunday afternoon because he only walked two batters over 102 pitches thrown. That's why he won, Francisco Rodriguez withstanding.
Dillon Gee and Jon Niese (on Saturday) accomplished again what this team desperately needs; back-to-back wins from the starting pitching.
The fact that if the Mets' offense has a decent day, this starting staff can string together some wins. R.A. Dickey is next on the hill and he seems to be the most hard-luck hurler on the staff. He's pitched quite well and has gone deep into games that the offense still kept him on the shy side of winning. These injuries are hell to over come.
So, being back at .500 feels good, and we get a whole 24 more hours to enjoy it. Then, we'll see. Will we hold on to .500 this time and surge forward? Or will we take a few steps backwards again?
I'll get into that and more when I get home tonight from softball.
Tonight the Ball Busters take on the Blues (I think) at 86th Street and 14th Avenue. See you there!