Just as Jose Reyes showed Sandy Alderson how important he is to this team, David Wright is starting to do the same thing if Alderson has designs on getting rid of him.
Wright slammed a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Mets a short-lived 4-3 lead in the game against the Marlins on Sunday. It was Wright’s third hit of the game. In his first series back, Wright went 6-14 with six RBIs. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t played in two months. Wright is just as important to the Mets as Reyes is. Hopefully Alderson knows this and will keep them both for the long term.
Dillon Gee did not have his best stuff, pitching himself into and out of trouble over his five innings. He allowed three runs in the first two innings, but was able to work out of jams in the other three. While it obviously would have been nicer for Gee to have pitched better, it was good to see him battling his way out of trouble. It’s a good learning experience for a young pitcher.
Manny Acosta followed with two lights-out innings, but Bobby Parnell blew it in the eighth. He allowed a solo shot to Logan Morrison to tie the game at four, then coughed up the lead on a John Buck pinch-hit double as the Marlins came back to win 5-4. Parnell has yet to prove that he can be the closer. Throwing a 100 mph fastball is great, but if it is as straight as an arrow as Parnell’s is, major league hitters can easily catch up to it.
On the offensive side, Terry Collins has been getting away from needless bunting over the past couple of months, but it was back in full force on Sunday. With the Mets down 3-1, Wright led off the fourth inning with a double. Daniel Murphy — red-hot Daniel Murphy — laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Wright to third. Did I mention it was the fourth inning and Murphy is red-hot? The next two batters could not drive in Wright, stranding him at third. There is a chance Murphy did this on his own and was bunting for a hit, but it was still dumb, considering how well he’s been swinging the bat. And it was the fourth inning!
Then in the sixth, same score, Wright and Murphy led off with back-to-back singles. Jason Pridie (who replaced Angel Pagan in center in the fifth because of dehydration) sacrificed them over to second and third. Jason Bay followed with a single to drive in Wright to make it 3-2, but Josh Thole and pinch-hitter Lucas Duda struck end the inning. Why destroy a potentially huge inning with a bunt? Let Pridie swing the bat.
The Mets lose a disappointing one and drop the series to the Marlins. Now it’s on to Cincinnati for a game-game set with the Reds.