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All Wright Now

David Wright powered the Mets to a 8 to 4 victory over the Dodgers last night.  His two home runs and four RBI lead the Mets way to their third consecutive victory, the first time they’ve hit a winning streak of three since April 26 through 29.  Claudio Vargas earned his second win of the season.

Wright got the Mets going in the third with his first of two two-run homers.  Then in the fourth when the inning seemed to be over, catcher interference was called on Russell Martin and the inning extended with only two outs.  From there, Jose Reyes got a single, followed by a Luis Castillo double that allowed two runs to score after a throwing error, only followed by Wright second homer.

Vargas hit a little rough patch after the big inning, only allowing the Dodgers to get back into a little.  Not much came from it, as Endy Chavez and Brian Schneider provided back to back daggers with RBI singles in the seventh, make it an 8 to 4 ball game which didn’t change from there.

The most alarming thing from last night’s game is that all eight runs came with two outs.  Try to wrap your head around that Mets fans.  This team, who seems incredibly inept with runners on and two outs, found their way to get eight across in those situations.  Great job.

People can comment on how David Wright isn’t “feeling”, but one-third into the season he has 11 home runs and 40 RBI.  I’ll take it.

If anyone was watching the game on SNY as I was, you saw they totally cut to commercial before the catcher interference call was made in the fourth, which forced the Reyes at-bat to be missed.  Bad job by SNY cutting to commercial before team’s even really leave the field.  They also made a little mistake on Sunday during the game on CW11.

But really a great victory.  Things feel a lot better than they did on Monday.  You have to feel good about things as a Mets fan right now, as things seem to be on the up side.  Just stay inspired and keep it going, boys.

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Final: Mets 11 Yankees 2

Was it just me, or did the Mets we saw over the weekend look like an entirely different group than we’ve seen all year?

The Mets defeated the Yankees in a big way on Sunday night by the score 11 to 2 .  With the victory, this is only the second time the Mets have won two games at Yankee Stadium and the first time they’ve earned a sweep at Yankee Stadium (so what if it was a two game series).

Oliver Perez was spot on tonight, throwing a great 7-2/3 innings with only one bad pitch, which resulted in a 2-run homer by Hideki Matsui.  By far his best start of the season as he only surrendered three hits.  He improves to 4-3 on the season.

The bats were working big time as well.  The Mets broke out against Chien-Ming Wang in the 4th inning.  They were able to avoid a disgusting call by the umpire crew, as a 3-run home run for Carlos Delgado was taken away .  This did not affect the Mets as they kept applying the pressure, something that they haven’t done at all this season.  Ryan Church added his ninth home run of the season and then the Mets put up six runs in the 8th.  Jose Reyes provided three of those, hitting his fourth home run of the season, second in two games.

This was once again a team victory.  Everything was great.  A great point in the game was in the 8th when David Wright tagged up on a not-so-deep fly ball to Bobby Abreu, scoring safely and then letting out a huge fist pump.  That’s the type of enthusiasm this team needs to be showing.

Had to be extremely pleased as a Mets fan.  I took a look at the dugout before the game started and I just felt like it seemed so much more lively than it has, which is something me, you and everyone else has been talking about.

Just to make a couple more notes on Perez, he really needed to throw well today.  In the 4th it seemed like it was gonna be another one of those Perez let downs, but he got his head on strait.  It was big for him to get the win because since April 20, the Mets are only 2-12 in games not pitched by Johan Santana and John Maine.  The rest of the rotation needs to solidify and Perez is a huge part to that happening.  Good job by Ollie tonight.

The Mets are now 22-19 and are all of a sudden playing energetic baseball.  Hopefully they carry that into Atlanta where they begin a four games in three days series.   And take a look at the NL East standings, the Mets are in second place and only one game out.  What a perfect time to get hot.

Final: Mets 7 Yankees 3

Mets win! And man oh man did they need this one.

It started out a bit bumpy, with Andy Pettitte somehow blowing everyone away and Johan Santana having a rough opening inning.  Derek Jeter was a thorn to the Mets once again when he hit a 2-run homer in the first inning giving the Yankees the early advantage. 

When it seemed like the Mets were in trouble, things quickly took a turn for the better.  After Pettitte cruised through three innings, the Mets finally started to chip away at him.  I made mention of the Mets needing to do the little things the other night, and that’s what they did in the 4th inning.  They were taking pitches and making things happen with the bats and on the bases.  The inning started with three straight singles from Church, Wright and Beltran, which lead to their first run, then after a couple walks (one of which forced in a run) and a Castillo dribbler, the Mets had a 3-2 lead.  Santana flipped on cruise control from there and it was a beautiful thing. 

Maybe the best came in the 7th when Jose Reyes hit a home run off of Kyle Farnsworth, only to be followed two batters later by a 2-run homer from Wright.  Santana would give up two more home runs, solo shots to Giambi and Abreu, but to no serious harm. 

Billy Wagner, just two days after his controversial statements, was called in to back up his talk and get a four-out save.  He did just that, and as Howie Rose would say, put it in the books.

Very good game and I was very happy as a Mets fan.  There was a lot of energy coming from this team, something which they needed to do.  After the Yankees went up 2-0 I feared we would see the unenthusiastic bunch we’ve been saying when trailing early, but not the case.  They were lively in the dugout all game long.

Good for Jose Reyes hitting the home run.  We needed that.  Hey, it bumps the Mets to 16-2 when he scores now.  Nice to see Wright have a good day, nice to see Delgado get a couple hits and drive in an insurance run, and great to see Beltran have a 3-hit day.

Santana was tremendous.  The line doesn’t look great (7-2/3 IP, 4 ER, 3 HR), but after the play in the 2nd inning in which Damon was thrown out at home (awesome block of the plate by Schneider), Santana cruised through the sixth inning barely throwing any pitches.

This was a team effort today, one of the few we’ve seen from the 2008 Mets.  So yeah, great to see.  But they need to go out and drop the hammer tomorrow.  You don’t turn the world around with one day, you gotta go out and create momentum.

Good start in the Bronx, hopefully this sets everyone’s mind in the right direction