This memo just in from the New York Mets (53-51) to the rest of Major League Baseball was made on Wednesday night. There is no ‘White Flag’ hanging around this team, as they were able to route the Cincinnati Reds (50-54) by a final of 8-2.
In their first game without All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran-this young-and-hungry Mets squad wanted to make a statement…..and did that with a bang pounding out 11 hits, with many of the ‘new’ faces of the team stepping up.
Leading the charge to this ‘new-look’ Mets squad, were their cornerstones-Jose Reyes and David Wright…who were in the middle of leading the offense of New York. Reyes finished with a 2-for-5 day at the dish, and scored twice in the game.
As for Wright, well the Mets All-Star third baseman has been on fire since coming back from the disabled list….had the biggest hit-in the three-run homer (8) to ice the Mets victory in the top of the seventh inning. The hitting-machine known as Daniel Murphy continues his red-hot streak, having a four-hit day for the first time in his young career.
This Mets squad has dealt with a ton of adversity thus far this season, and found ways to win….continued that trend on this night. New York has had plenty of guys answering the call…especially two stars who will now need to fill-in with the absence of the outfielder.
Angel Pagan, who was passed the torch of playing center field by Beltran, had a crucial double (12) in the top of the first inning, which drove home the first two runs for New York. Young-gun Lucas Duda, who now has to fill the void in right field, had a bomb of a home run (2) in the top of the seventh.
New York needs continued production from both Pagan and Duda, if they wish to continue to make an impact in the National League East.
One of the most pleasant sights for Mets fans on this night was the start of Mike Pelfrey (W, 6-9) who regained his ace-form in a complete game for New York. Pelf was a ground ball machine, getting the Reds to hit 15 in the field.
Pelf looked like he had something to prove, and regained a measure of swagger in his performance tonight.
Now New York will look to complete the series-sweep against this Reds team in a matinee on Thursday. Chris Capuano (8-10) will take the hill to take on Homer Bailey (5-4, 3.67 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 12:35 p.m.