After dropping two of three in Milwaukee, the Mets continue their unlikely road trip tonight in San Diego against the National League’s best team.
They’ll be doing it with a suddenly hot Jeff Francoeur and lefthander Hisanori Takahashi, who has gone from the bullpen to a mainstay in the rotation.
Francoeur has six hits in the last two games after manager Jerry Manuel gave him the advice of not listening to everybody else’s suggestions.
It got to the point where Francoeur was thinking about too many things – head, hands and feet placement – instead of just seeing the ball.
Too many chefs, it is true, spoils the soup.
“I’m going to confide in HoJo and Jerry,’’ Francoeur said. “And I’m going to listen to those two guys, and I know that’ll get me back on track.’’
Takahashi (4-1, 2.13), a 35-year-old rookie from Japan, has thrown 12 scoreless innings – against the Yankees and Phillies, no less – in two starts since cracking the rotation after Jon Niese was injured.
The numbers for Takahashi have been impressive with 44 strikeouts and 15 walks in 38 innings, with lefty hitters batting only .200 against him.
Oliver Perez spoke with reporters tonight and reiterated his intent to work things out on the major league level. He said he’s in a slump and needs to keep working.
Said Perez: “I know it’s hard being in the bullpen and coming to the games, so I have to get used to it. I know everything is going to get back…Like when you’re not hitting, that can come in one game. Everything can start doing well. … I’m around here and I know what I have to do to be better.”
Jose Reyes, SS
Alex Cora, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Hisanori Takahashi, LP