The Mets (20-11) should use those pink bats the rest of the way. They defeated the Phillies (11-21) by a score of 7-4 in the rubber game of the series but more important than a series win, or Colon picking up win number 6 with no walks yet again, the Mets got 14 hits on the afternoon. They may have had 14 hits their last two weeks combined. This game was not perfect, and hardly any Mets games have been of late, but they got clutch hits and clutch pitching when they needed it and take some momentum on the road to Chicago where they will take on the young power bats of the Cubs.
For my three strikes of the game, I have to, yet again, begin with Bartolo Colon (6-1). The guy just continues to amaze and I am running out of puns or clever things to say about him at this point. He is just the veteran workhouse that any rotation can benefit from. He is locked in on the mound and pounds the strike zone making the opposing hitters do all the work and get themselves out. The biggest difference I am noticing from last year is that he is keeping the ball in the park more often. I know that sounds weird coming after a game the opposing pitcher homered but it is true. Colon has not walked a single batter in his last 40 1/3 innings pitched.
The Mets offense has finally appeared after a lengthy two week hiatus. They erupted for 14 hits tonight, including a hit from every starting fielder and a monstrous two-run home run off the bat of Curtis Granderson, which wound up putting the Mets ahead for good. Daniel Murphy contributed with three hits and is getting further and further from the interstate as he inches his average back towards respectability. Ruben Tejada, again, in the middle of everything both offensively and defensively and another big part of this Mets win.
Enough credit can’t be given to the Mets pitching overall. Despite some hiccups here and there from the bullpen and the occasional bad start from their rotation, the Mets still have the second best staff in the National League, slightly behind the St. Louis Cardinals. They have given up the fewest walks, are striking out hitters at a respectable rate and trail only the aforementioned Cardinals in team ERA.