Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hitting Sticks

If the Mets hit all season the way they hit last night in Cincinnati, maybe we wouldn't be in this mess.

Friday night saw the Mets break out for a season-high 14 runs on a season-high-tying 18 hits, blasting a season-high 5 Home Runs in the process as they pasted the hapless Reds and their legion of Rookie Pitchers 14-5.

The Reds have suffered through about as lousy a season as the Mets have. The fact that they came into Friday night's game with equally terrible records of 66-74 speaks for itself, although on the end of the Reds, it's probably markedly more disappointing than it is for the Mets. The Reds, who have been to the Playoffs 3 out of the last 4 seasons and whom I picked to make it to the World Series in 2013, haven't been able to get out of their own way this year and injuries to key players like Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips combined with lousy seasons from Jay Bruce have combined to sink the Reds ship as they've muddled through about as lousy a second-half as you can have. They haven't been able to find any kind of consistency and the Mets seemed to take advantage of this as well as anyone in last night's game.

The Mets jumped on Alfredo Simon early and often, scoring twice in the 1st thanks to RBI hits from Travis d'Arnaud and Curtis Granderson, once more in the 2nd when Lucas Duda walked with the Bases Loaded, didn't score in the 3rd—the only inning in the game which they did not do so—and knocked Simon from the game in the 4th when d'Arnaud mashed a 3-run Home Run after Simon dared to intentionally walk Duda ahead of him.

d'Arnaud's Home Run seemed to be a mere prelude to the ensuing fireworks, as Wilmer Flores Homered in the 5th off of J.J. Hoover, Granderson Homered in the 6th off Ryan Dennick, and hapless Rookie Daniel Corcino surrendered two more blasts in the 8th and 9th, to Dilson Herrera and Lucas Duda, respectively.

Bartolo Colon was the beneficiary of this outpouring of support, as he generally tends to be. I'm not sure what the numbers are exactly, but it seems like just about every time the Mets have one of these games where they put up 7, 11 or more runs, Colon tends to be on the mound. On a night where Colon himself didn't seem to have his best stuff, he still managed to carry the game into the 7th inning, another one of the solid outings we've come to expect out of him over the course of the season, before turning things over to Buddy Carlyle and, in the 9th, Eric Goeddel. By that point, the Mets had opened things up enough that we actually had sightings of players like Josh Satin and Juan Centeno, truly indicative of how the night was going for the Mets.

You'd like to think the Mets could keep this going for a couple of days, at least while they're in hitters haven Cincinnati, but something tells me that they're going to end up pecking and scraping for runs the remainder of the weekend after all this. After all, they've already had games this week where they scored 8, 6, and now 14 runs, so let's not get crazy here.

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