Another strong game for the Mets as they gain bragging rights in New York. Lots of good signs tonight, most notably the effort by Oliver Perez. He gave a dominating effort tonight going 7 2/3 innings allowing just 2 runs.
Perez is an enormous talent who sometimes has issues with focus. With some of the bashing he took earlier this year, it's important to remember that he was one of the top 10 pitchers in the league last year going 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA. He has now made two straight strong starts and is back on pace for 15 wins this season.
While four teams are jumbled together at the top of the NL East, none of the other contenders have the potential upside with their starting pitching as the Mets do. Johan Santana, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and even Claudio Vargas pitched great over this last rotation turn. Pedro Martinez could be back soon. Rumors abound that Freddy Garcia could be signed in the second half of the season as a reinforcement.
The other great sign was another big Jose Reyes game. He went 2 for 5 with a 3 run homerun. We've all heard over and over, as Reyes goes the Mets go. And what is encouraging is that Reyes is back to his smiling self. He did make another baserunning blunder so all is not golden, but it's getting there.
It was also great to see the Mets keep attacking after the umps overturned Delgado's three run homer when it was clearly fair in the replays.
Amazing what a difference two days can make. A big series with the Braves awaits at the Mets Ballpark of Horrors -- Turner Field. But the monkeys have a good vibe that the Mets may be getting ready for takeoff.
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