Mets Gone Wild!
The Mets are just out of control. They scored 16 runs Wednesday night in Detroit, meaning that on this four-game winning streak, the Mets have scored a stunning 52 runs (16, 14 twice, eight in a slumping game)!
They knocked out a season-high 20 hits, four each by Ronny Paulino and Angel Pagan (below), and too-many-to-mention two hit games, led of course by Jose Reyes.
The Mets are also coming up clutch — 22 of the 30 runs they have scored against the Tigers have come with two outs. It got so bad for Detroit, manager Jim Leyland called on a position player, Don Kelly, to get the third out in the ninth.
This is an offensive performance by the Mets the likes we have never seen before, or at least the likes that I can remember.
Speaking out out of control, how about Bobby Parnell? We knew he could throw hard, but he reached 103 mph on the radar gun! When was the last time a Mets pitcher broke 100? Billy Wagner, probably.
If there was one down note on the game it was the pitching. Chris Capuano was cruising along until his inevitable breakdown in the sixth inning. Then Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak gave up runs to allow the Tigers to get as close as 10-8. But luckily the Mets had plenty of runs left in their bats to make it a more comfortable lead.
The 16-9 win leaves the Mets at 41-39. They will have to face Justin Verlander Thursday afternoon in order to complete a sweep of the Tigers. A tall order indeed, but the way the Mets are socking the ball, anything could happen.