Mets Not Giving Up Just Yet

The Mets lost two out of three to the Yankees in the Subway Series, but it wasn’t a complete lost weekend for Terry Collins’ club.

True, the Mets were nine outs from taking the series from the Bombers, and several breaks didn’t go the Mets way during the disastrous 8-run seventh inning. But on Friday night, the Mets got a few breaks themselves to win the opener of the series (Mark Teixeira’s foul line drive by inches, for one). So a bounce here or there, and the Yankees may have swept the Mets. A Yankee sweep is the only result which is unacceptable if you are a Mets fan (because of the ensuing gloating that would come from some Yankees fans).

So the Mets may be under .500 again after briefly reaching the magic number on Friday night, but they have a lot to be proud of. Playing without David Wright, Ike Davis and Angel Pagan, the Mets have been holding their own. Justin Turner went hitless on Sunday, but he had a terrific week with RBI in every other game last week. Daniel Murphy has been getting the occasional big hit, including the game-winning homer on Friday. And the bullpen continues to be the collective MVP of the team, pitching nearly flawless baseball over the last few weeks. Even K-Rod has been getting saves without much of the usual suspense.

However, the Mets need to get their big guns back. With Jason Bay still looking for his power stroke, the Mets right now are a scrappy team with no power. Murphy hit the only homer for the Mets in cozy Yankee Stadium, and no one else really came close. Hopefully the Mets can do better than that this week at another hitter’s park, Wrigley Field (assuming the wind is blowing out in Chicago).

Regardless, though, the Mets are playing well despite being undermanned. If they can keep flirting with the .500 mark and maybe break it again, they will be in great shape when Wright, Davis and Pagan return to the lineup (which hopefully will be soon. As Mets fans though, we have learned to prepare for the worst).

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