Mets Wake Up A Little On Return Home
[This article was written by Double G Sports contributing writer Marc A. Spallino]
After a brutal west coast trip the Mets headed back to Citi Field to face Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. The Mets went 2-9 on the road and desperately needed to get something started. They sent Jon Niese to the mound to face Adam Wainwright. Niese pitched 6 innings and only allowed one earned run, giving the Mets a much needed strong start.
Things were not looking good at all for the Mets heading into tonight’s game. Jason Bay was scratched from the lineup due to a concussion which occurred when he ran into the fence and made a great catch in LA. Bay is expected to be reevaluated in approximately 2-3 days. As a result of the injury, Jeff Francouer got the start in right field and Angel Pagan moved over to left. Francouer had one hit which was a 3 run homer in the 4th inning.
The Mets needed their offense to wake up and it sure did. Along with Francouer’s homer, Jose Reyes hit a 2 run shot in the 6th. Castillo, Beltran, Pagan, and Ike Davis also had hits. The Mets look to keep taking advantage of their home field and send Johan Santana to the mound tomorrow night. Met’s GM Omar Minaya may want to start thinking about bring in a starter with the trade deadline approaching.
There was a lot of talk after the road trip about whether or not the Mets coaching staff would stay intact. So far it seems as if it will.