R.A. Dickey was again masterful, and threatened to throw his third one-hitter in four games. It wasn’t to be, but it didn’t make anybody think he should not be the NL All-Star starter.
Dickey is an aberration to the normal All-Star. He’s a journeyman who is getting by on a knuckleball. Some call it a gimmick. Others call it a trick pitch. Still others thinks something is shady.
As for Daniel Murphy, who hadn’t homered since last July, and went deep twice Wednesday in Chicago to support Dickey and delivered a three-run homer last hight. Murphy was expected to take the next this season if he stayed healthy. He as already been injured.
The Mets have their fair share of marquee players, but throughout there careers Dickey and Murphy have flown under the radar. There’s no way they’ll get underestimated again.
ON DECK: Mets Matters
After 17 runs the day before, what’s the over/under on the runs they’ll score tonight? Three, four? Hope it’s enough.
Andres Torres – CF
Ruben Tejada – SS
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – RF
Scott Hairston – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Mike Nickeas – C
Chris Young – RHP
Slides often end this way, with the Mets taking out their frustration of the last four days with a 17-1 mauling of the Cubs this afternoon. Daniel Murphy, who hadn’t homered since last July, went over the ivy twice to back the solid pitching of Jon Niese.
MURPHY: Homers twice.
You can’t call this a turnaround game unless they reel off a few more, but it was a good start heading into Los Angeles. At one point, the Dodgers were running away with the NL West, but after losing eight of their last ten games, including being swept by the rival Giants, Los Angeles finds itself tied for first with San Francisco.
Chris Young goes against former Met Chris Capuano (who should have been re-signed) tonight, but with R.A. Dickey and Johan Santanta going the next two nights, the Mets will have the pitching advantage. With Clayton Kershaw starting Sunday night, LA would get that pitching advantage thereby making the series a toss up. If the Mets come home from LA with a split, who wouldn’t take that consider how this trip started?
As bad as the Mets played the first two games, they were that good today. Pitching and power; the Mets had it all together this afternoon. Will they keep it up over the weekend? It’s possible, but they showed signs of life and answered being pushed around by pushing back.
With how the Mets played the first three months of the season, it was what we’ve come to expect.
Greetings. One of the things I’d like to try on a regular, if not daily basis, is a Mets’ oriented notebook. There’s so much going on that I don’t want to get by the boards.
* Frank Francisco has a tight left oblique, and Mets fans know what a puzzling and aggravating injury that can be. A player thinks he’s better, then makes a move and is on the DL. Francisco will likely be held out of tonight’s game. Francisco was injured Friday night and it kind of makes me wonder if he hurt himself trying to muscle up on his pitches. Francisco did get into some trouble in the end and I’m betting he did it by trying to overthrow.
* Tonight’s lineup hasn’t been posted, but I hope Daniel Murphy is in it. He’s struggled, especially against lefties, but I have a feeling about him.
* Ike Davis suffered from food poisoning the other day. Maybe that damn chicken gave him something. He should be available tonight against lefty CC Sabathia.
ON DECK: Bullpen issues.