The first half of the season has come to an end and even though the Mets did not gain ground on the Braves in the last series, they ended it on a strong note and with Johan possibly giving us a preview of what he has in stock for the second half.
There are many great things to point out from the first 88 games of this season.
The first is how the squad has managed to stay healthy. We all thought it was going to be a rerun of 2009 when Jose Reyes couldn't be with the team for Opening Day because he was hitting the sea food buffets a little too hard, but when he came back and Jerry's terrible experiment of batting him third ended, he proved to be again the spark plug of the team and getting us hyped every time he legged out a triple. The last few days he's been bothered with problems on his oblique but these few days of vacay instead of playing at the ASG should have him ready for the stretch run.
Another strength of this team has been the return of DWright's bat. Sure, he's made us start a K-Count, but he's also shined with men on base, earning the Player of the Month honors for June and already being mentioned in the NL MVP talks. DWright is looking like he definitely will be one of the offensive leaders and help the Mets take over the division and hopefully go deep into the playoffs.
One of the highlights of the first 80some games has definitely been the arrival of young Ike Davis, he's shown that he's not shook with being in the Majors, making us forget who the heck we had playing first before him.
A pleasant surprise has been the the improvement of Angel Pagan, playing center field and with his bat. Now with the much anticipated return of Carlitos Beltran, Jerry has a decision to make and Frenchy might have to hit the bench. Even though the Mets won't have his cannon at right it's still a great thing because now the bench is a little stronger.
What can we expect for the rest of the summer?
From what we saw from the end of the series against Atl, it's going to take pitching to take over. So hopefully Johan, Big Pelf, Niese and even Dickey can keep doing their thing.
Hopefully the return of Beltran will make turn the lineup into a killer and Jerry into a genius.
Let's see what kind of moves Omar makes before the deadline, I think they should try to strengthen the bullpen and a solid starter should be a lot of help.
It should be a fun and interesting second half hopefully the Mets can give us a reason to celebrate just like they did in Madrid after Spain won the World Cup.
LET'S GO METS!