Monday, April 19, 2010

We all like Ike, and the No. 42

So is Ike Davis the missing link? The spark that finally ignited the Mets' moribund offense?

Davis went 2-for-4 in his major league debut, driving in a run while batting sixth in the order, and the Mets responded with a 6-1 victory, scoring five runs in the seventh to put the game away.

While Davis was the story, the real offensive hero was the red-hot Angel Pagan, who hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot with no outs that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. They piled three more runs on the Cubs' awful bullpen, one on an RBI double by Jason Bay (who had two hits to break out of his slump), one on a Davis single and the last on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Niese contributed 5 2/3 innings of solid, if not spectacular, pitching, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out seven. He got the no-decision after the Cubs tied the score at 1-1 in the sixth, but Fernando Nieve threw 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief for the win. Jenrry Mejia pitched the final two innings.

Jose Reyes asked for and received the day off but came in to pinch hit leading off the seventh; he was hit by a pitch and scored on Pagan's homer.

It was the second game in a week where everyone wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, and the Mets won for the second time under those circumstances. They beat the Rockies, 5-0, last Thursday on a gem by Mike Pelfrey. Maybe they should honor Robinson in every game. Maybe the rotunda wasn't enough!

The starting pitching is looking better and the bullpen had another fine game. If the team-wide hitting slump is ending also, then maybe this homestand will be, you know, enjoyable. And maybe we can call off the "fire Jerry Manuel" watch for a while.

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