Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Happy Recap: Mets 5 Nationals 2

Nice to see the Mets hitting with some power.

I don't know if the wind at Shea, or the construction of CitiField had anything to do with it but the Mets early season power outage (other than Wright) was a bit troubling.

I still think Beltran will be good for 30 to 40 homers this year.

A good performance by John Maine but he absolutely has to keep his walks down. Whenever he gets into trouble it's because he walks guys. That almost happened in the 7th inning but luckily Joe Smith bailed him out, or as Maine himself put it, "he saved my butt."

Does anyone think that Jose Reyes's two-game surge has anything to do with Beltran and Delgado encouraging him to act like his old self again? And was his early season slump related to the fact that he had toned down his act after last season?

First of all, talk that the Mets lost last season because the Marlins were pissed at their showboating and had extra motivation is absolute nonsense. There is no reason for a team or player to do something (or not do something) to avoid pissing off the other teams.

Second of all, while the timing is curious I refuse to believe that Reyes didn't get any hits at the beginning of the season just because he wasn't smiling and doing his stupid handshakes. It just doesn't make any sense.

Reyes found his smile again

But I hope he keeps hitting like this, I hope he keeps smiling, laughing, dancing and doing his handshakes. And I hope he brings back the Professor Reyes skit.

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