No, the following is not a misprint:
The Mets are getting some breaks. Their luck hasn't been terrible of late, and even when something unfortunate occurs, it hasn't affected the outcome of the game at hand.
Tonight in their 1-0 victory over the hated Phillies, New York made three potentially costly mistakes:
(1) Johan Santana walked Chan Ho Park, the opposing pitcher, and that's not something you want to do with the top of the order on the way. Especially when that top of the order features Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard.
(2) Mets backup catcher Omir Santos dropped a strike three, for what would have been the third out of an inning. Often something like that pumps life into an opposing offense.
(3) Johan Santana walked Chan Ho Park -- again.
And yet, in spite of the mental mistakes, the Mets came out on top. Santana worked through the careless walks, and struck out ten in seven gritty innings of work. Pedro Feliciano did his job in the eighth, and Francisco Rodriguez followed suit in the ninth.
The mistakes didn't come back to bite them; quite a surprise.
That brings the previous evening to mind, one in which New York squeaked out a 4-3 win over the reeling Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the ninth, with two runners on and two outs, first baseman Carlos Delgado dropped a routine pop up that would have ended the game.
Yes, I'll repeat that: he dropped a pop up.
In the past, even earlier this year, that would have resulted in a Mets loss...
But not Tuesday night. K-Rod kept his cool, and induced a lineout from Chipper Jones that ended the ballgame.
Held on to the lead Tuesday, held on to the lead tonight...
Is this really the Mets?
Surprisingly, yes it is. That makes three in a row for Jerry Manuel's club, and with little offensive production I might add.
Just imagine if the offense started clicking...
Maybe they'd get back to their 2006 ways.
"Maybe" being the key word.
("JFro," aka John Frascella, is the author of "Theo-logy: How a Boy Wonder Led the Red Sox to the Promised Land."
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