There was a time not so long ago that the confines of Citi Field seemed too vast for the people that populated the Mets lineup. Soccer players scored more in their games than New York’s offense, it seemed and they also flopped on the field more times than those futbol stars. The past couple of homestands seem to be disproving that, since they continued their trend of appearing to be offensive juggernauts, thumping the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-1.
Travis d’Arnaud was emblematic of the woes early on in the season, but an actually well-advised trip to the Minor Leagues cleared his head and he’s been doing nothing but raking since he came back to the Majors a few weeks ago. He actually looks like a hitting prospect and not the possible No. 2 player in the R.A. Dickey deal – we still have to see how Noah “Thor” Syndergaard fares when he comes to New York, provided that he’s not traded in the next day or so for a bat.
The problem with the Mets thumping the Phillies so soundly is that it may create in them a false sense of dominance. That’s simply not the case, since Philadelphia is about to have their own collapse much like the New York did in 2009. They are simply not a good team and if the Mets do want to contend, then they should be winning these games as easily as beating a Little League team would be. It’s a shame that the non-waiver deadline comes before they could have a more accurate litmus test against the next two teams – the San Francisco Giants and the Nationals. Sandy Alderson might be forced to do make a move that he might come to regret later – though I don’t see him pulling a Kazmir/Zambrano type of trade. I certainly hope I’m not wrong in that assessment.
I hope the Mets continue raking during this homestand, but I’m approaching it with very cautious optimism. It’s the only way I can follow this team at this point in the season.