That’s 5 in a row and sole possession of 1st place in the NL East as the Mets beat the Marlins in game 1 of the series opener at Citi Field by a score of 7-5. Flores hit a big game-tying 3 run homer, which bailed the Mets and Dillon Gee out of an early deficit. But that was just the start of the Mets bats awakening and fighting off the fish all evening, until they would eventually jump ahead for good.
Lucas Duda continued his torrid start to the season with 3 hits, 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. In the process, he continued to make the Mets brass seem competent when they chose to trade Ike Davis and hand over starting duties at first to Duda. Duda had another hit off of a lefty, improving to 4 for 8 on the season versus the southpaws. Each passing day has quieted the doubters and all the talk of a possible platoon for Duda.
The Mets bullpen continues to shine. Even with the unearned run from Montero (error on a throw home from Murphy), he battled through his outing after being inserted into a late game high pressure situation, and was followed by Blevins, Carlos Torres and our new lockdown closer Jeurys Familia. The success of this bullpen has quickly turned Mets contests into 6 inning games.
Instant Replay does not belong in Major League Baseball. It slows down an already slow paced game, ruins tradition and completely takes the players, fans and electricity out of the game. On a close play at home plate, where Ichiro clearly missed the plate and there was no clear view of a tag by d’Arnaud, the Marlins challenged which lead to over 5 minutes of watching umpires wear headphones and wait (the result turned out to be irrelevant). This is not good for the game in any way, shape or form. Baseball has always been about umpires and their errors and judgements. Human error has always been a part of the game and generally accepted. Just because technology has improved, does not mean we need to change what was not broken. I hope that baseball seriously re-assesses the choice to implement replay into the game and go back to leaving the confidence in the eyes of their trained professional umpires.