After winning four straight, the Mets have put themselves in position of possibly righting their season. There’s reaching .500 and climbing out of the NL East basement, both of which can be reached during this road trip to Washington and Philadelphia.
WRIGHT: Has been hot.
Who would have thought it after a dreadful stretch in which they lost nine of ten games?
The improved starting pitching has gotten a lot of attention for the turnaround, but don’t forget the offense, which has scored 27 runs powered by nine homers.
Keying the attack has been David Wright, who went 6-for-14 with three homers and six RBI during the streak. Also hot has been Ike Davis, who carries a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. During that stretch Davis is batting .417 with three homers and seven RBI.
The Mets have also been getting consistent production from Jose Reyes and Jason Bay the past week.
Chris Young will be activated from the disabled list tonight to face the struggling Nationals, who have lost four of its last five games. Young is 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA lifetime against Washington.
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The Brad Emaus era didn’t last long, as the Mets gave their Rule 5 second base man just 37 at-bats (.162 with one RBI) to prove himself. Emaus must go through Rule 5 waivers before being offered back to Toronto for half the claiming price worth $25,000. If he clears, the Mets could trade for him and send him to the minor leagues.
EMAUS: We hardly knew you.
I don’t believe the Mets gave Emaus a fair enough shake, with 37 at-bats barely a glimpse. The decision tends to refute the notion the Mets are using 2011 as a throw-away, stop-gap season.
Replacing Emaus will be Justin Turner, who was hitting .300 (12-for-40) with one RBI at Triple-A Buffalo.
The promotion of Turner could open a second base platoon with Daniel Murphy.
Turner is in the line-up, batting eighth in tonight’s game against Houston.
Here’s the line-up:
Jose Reyes, SS
Josh Thole, C
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Willie Harris, LF
Justin Turner, 2B
Jon Niese, LP
The Mets must make a roster move Thursday to clear room for outfielder Jason Bay’s activation from the disabled list. Most likely reliever Ryota Igarashi will be send down.
The homestand that was supposed to be their last chance has ended in mediocrity, and now it is on to Houston and Pittsburgh, two teams with offenses even worse than the Mets.
The road trip begins with the news Francisco Rodriguez could be lost for the season after tearing a ligament in his right thumb sustained in the altercation with the father of his girlfriend. Then again, what good is a closer if you’re not scoring any runs.
The offense is hitting less than .200 in August, and the slide is personified by David Wright, who is batting .114 with no RBI in August.
Jon Niese, one of the positives of this season, goes for the Mets tonight.