A good weekend in Florida for Mets; Bay still ailing.

The Mets didn’t win their first road series last year until June. They didn’t win their first on the road against a National League team until August.

That’s just the beginning of a positive first impression to take out of the first weekend for the Mets, a team with lowly expectations.

Take away Mike Pelfrey on Friday, and it was a good weekend for the Mets in Florida as they received strong pitching performances from Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey, questions going in.

“The first game was more of what Josh Johnson did than what we didn’t do,’’ said David Wright. “All in all, it was a good weekend, especially since the last couple of years we’ve had a lot of trouble here. It’s good to get off to a good start. We’re going to have to play just as well in Philadelphia [next series].’’

While nobody is getting carried away by the Marlins series, following the Mets must include finding your silver linings when you can. The Mets didn’t let blowing a ninth inning lead derail them Saturday and they put a team away Sunday, both signs missing from last season.

Chris Young will start for the Mets tomorrow night in Philadelphia, where things are always different.

Meanwhile, Jason Bay’s ribs are still hurting and he hasn’t begun swinging a bat, yet. I wouldn’t be placing any bets on him returning in a week. Also, Jason Isringhausen is feeling discomfort in his back. Just as well he took the extended spring training.

 

5 thoughts on “A good weekend in Florida for Mets; Bay still ailing.

  1. After this series is over can you post your early view of the rotation pecking order?

    I am sure Pelf will win his share of games, but I like Niese and Dickey better.

    Thanks

  2. Pelf will shake the bugs out. and get his focus. I think media and everyone made a really big deal of this and he got over stoked.

    I like the whole rotation so far. not sure about Krod and Capuano (sic?)

    but its STILL VERY VERY EARLY!

    more importantly is the quality of play!
    they are playing to win unlike what we saw for 5 years.

  3. Yes. It is early and I think Pelf will hit his stride. But I am worried. How many years has he been doing this? I don’t think it is his stuff. He has a few pitches. I think it is how he uses his stuff and as Bobby O says confidence, which has been an issue for a few years now.

    Niese is in year two and although I think Pelf probably has better stuff, Niese is able to adjust better.

  4. its about psyche. if you are in front of an audience. acting // or demo or anything.
    you are good people know you are good. but sometimes the pressure gets to you. difference between taped and live audiences ;-)

    comes in time.

  5. I agree.

    My point is I would do

    Niese/Dickey/Pelf

    or

    Dickey/Niese/Pelf for my rotation.

    On to Philly. Hopefully we can do 2 or 3.