I Feel Fairly Comfortable Saying The Mets Would Not Have Won That Game Under This Man
I'm not one to pile on or to live in the past, but the thought that was burning in my brain after last night's thrilling, stirring, amazing, 10-8 victory is that no way, no how, no chance would the Mets have been able to attain such a victory if Willie Randolph was still around. After the Redlegs put up that 5-spot in the 4th, the boys in blue would've packed it in for the night and started thinking about late-night dinner plans and/or whether to order a porno movie in their hotel room before they hit the sack. You know it and I know it.
That being said, a few points:
(1) Obviously a 10th consecutive victory is great, but consider that they overcame an absolutely pathetic outing by their putative "ace," two blown leads, and one bullpen meltdown - and still won by two runs. Those are some tremendously good signs.
(2) Let's get this one out of the way. Johan - ugh. He just looked like he wanted to be somewhere else. I'm not in the "concerned" zone yet (his ERA is too good), but a few more like that and I will be.
(3) What an enormous 2-out, 2-RBI hit by D. Wright in the 5th to trim the Reds' lead to 5-4. Those are the type of hits that have been missing for over a year (minus two weeks). Speaking of Wright...
(4) I don't clap and yell while watching regular season games on TV much, but rest assured there was a ruckus going on in Brooklyn when D. Wright's ball cleared the right field fence in the 9th. As usual, my sports-related cheering woke up my pooch who then started running around barking, which is always amusing. I wish you all could've seen her after the Plaxico touchdown in the Super Bowl. She went crazier than I did (and almost got stepped on).
(5) Tatis, I mean, what can you say? He's this year's edition of the 2006 Jose Valentin, isn't he?
Just a great win all around, and I'm finding myself really excited to watch these games now. Something that was unthinkable back when a meager 2 wins in a row supposedly constituted "a nice little roll."
p.s. - Someone on Mets Blog made a great comment that we should refer to a certain two players as "Alouque." Nice. Oh, and I caught Orlando's press conference after his epic Binghamton start. My Spanish is a bit rusty, but I think "ehhhhhhhhh..." means "I'm finished. Please cut me."