Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All sorts of tremendous

So much to enjoy today about the Mets:

1. Justin Verlander was in trouble from the start, and it just got worse for the Tigers from there. Sixteen hits, 14 runs, eight runs in the third inning after a rain delay, and the Mets routed Detroit for yet another win at home. That put the Mets 10 games over .500 with 40 wins on the season, with a 25-10 record at Citi Field.

Nice work by the top of the order — the first four hitters went 13-for-21, with 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs. And Angel Pagan, facing questions about possibly getting less playing time next month (see below), stepped up his game with four hits, one homer short of a cycle, and four runs batted in.

Niese kind of fell apart after the rain delay, but with an hour break and a huge lead that wasn't too surprising. But good work by Fernando Nieve for the win, and nice to see Bobby Parnell for an inning while Jennry Mejia goes back to the minors to start. Parnell showed flashes last season before running into the ground, but if he can be the hard-throwing strikeout guy in the late innings (and if Igarashi can bounce back), that's a huge boost for the bullpen.

2. We're spoiled as Mets fans because we have the best three-man TV booth in the game in Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling (Bobby O and Chris Carlin are excellent in the pre- and post-game as well). But it's about to get better when Jerry Seinfeld enters the booth and calls three innings of tonight's game with Keith and Gary.

I'm sure the references to Keith's apperance on the show in "The Boyfriend" episode (wow, that was 18 years ago) will get taken care of in the first inning — the magic loogie, "I'm Keith Hernandez" — but I'm looking forward to hearing some real fan perspective from Jerry. The DVR is set.

3. More Jerry: He called Steve Somers' show on WFAN Tuesday night and trashed Lady Gaga. Awesome.

4. And Carlos Beltran is starting his rehab assignment, which means he may actually be back after the All-Star break. In the lineup. Playing real games.

Sure, that means tough decisions for Jerry Manuel in the outfield, but it's safe to say that Beltran won't be rushed, maybe play 4-5 games a week, with Pagan getting a day off and Francoeur getting two days off, Bay getting a game off every week or two. Nothing wrong with that.

Like they say, a good problem to have.

5. And yeah, Kevin James threw out the first pitch Tuesday. He gets some flak in some parts but I like him. Grew up right near me in Suffolk County. "Mall Cop" was underrated.

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