Friday night’s game in Houston showed once again why the Mets need to do something about Citi Field. I’ll explain in a moment.
The Mets were down 4-0 in the seventh when Jason Bay hit a monster solo shot that left Minute Maid Park. Then in the eighth, pinch-hitter Fernando Martinez slammed a two-run shot into the second deck in right to cut the lead to 4-3. Later in the inning, David Wright (left) lined a two-run homer to left to give the Mets a lead. They went on to win 6-4.
The point is, home runs win games. Bay’s and Martinez’s shots would have been homers in any stadium. Wright’s would have hit that idiotic wall in left field at Citi Field. Now, Minute Maid Park also has a high wall, but that because it is a short 315 feet down the line and 362 to left-center. Citi Field’s dimensions are a healthy 335 and 379 — long enough to keep cheap shots out of the seats without a high wall.
In any case, it was a good win. Dillon Gee looked good early until he lost it in the sixth, allowing three runs (two of them came in after he left the game). Bay looks like he’s ready to break out. In addition to the homer, he hit a line shot in the fourth that would have scored two runs except Carlos Lee made a great play on it. And Martinez’s big homer shows why he has so much potential.
The Mets are now 18-20. A sweep against this lousy Astros team would put them at .500 — after that, who knows?