Mets Unleash a Savage Beating On the Cubs
Added by Eddie Utley on June 28, 2012.
Daniel Murphy hit two home runs in the Mets 17-1 win.
After getting beat down the first two games of the series with the Chicago Cubs due to sloppy play and lacksidaisical mishaps, the New York Mets came back and stomped out the windy city team, 17-1 on Wednesday.
The Mets hit a few homeruns, including Daniel Murphy belting his first two home runs of the season. I don’t know what the issue is with him this year but I think his concentration on fielding has changed his approach at the plate. He’s lucky he’s starting to hit because the All Star break might have been the end of him playing full time or even being a Met.
Ike Davis finally got his average above .200 for the first time this year and added a homerun of his own. He was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs. Davis does look like he’s broken out of that bad streak from early in the season but now that he’s hitting, opposing pitchers may go back to trying to get him out on the outside corner.
Scott Hairston, who I thought was a pointless signing this winter, added a grand slam to the beatdown. I was wrong about him. But who knew he’d be pretty much the only right-handed power threat for the Mets. Especially since they just lost their other one, Vinny Ro on waivers to the Indians. And I didn’t expect anything out of Jason Bay but who knew it would end up being injuries and concussions. So, Hairston has earned his place, I will give Sandy Alderson credit on that one. That signing has worked out.
David Wright stayed hot with a 2-for-5 performance and five RBIs. With Wright, Davis and Lucas Duda around 45 RBIs, this lineup can produce runs, just need others around them getting on base and no more prolonged slumps from the two lefties.
Jon Niese put in a good performance on top of that with seven innings, giving up only one run.
Hopefully the Mets keep this up with the Dodgers, who just lost Andre Ethier, on the schedule next. The Phillies are getting Chase Utley back and the Cubs might get straightened out before the rematch. The Mets have three days in June and a week into July to make some headway against weak teams before it’s back to the NL East slobberknockers.