Monday, April 25, 2011

Oh Gee! Mets Complete Sweep, Send Carrasco To Buffalo

Yesterday the Mets celebrated Easter and Carlos Beltran's 34th birthday by completing a sweep of the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets defeated the DBacks 8-4 and are now on a four game winning streak.

Jon Niese started the game and pitched well, allowing 3 runs in seven innings, in earning his first win.

David Wright went yard twice, for the 16th multi-HR game of his career, and recently promoted Jason Pridie hit his first Major League HR, depositing the ball in the Mets right field bull pen.

After the game the Mets announced the activation of Chris Young from the disabled list, and in a surprising move, assigned DJ Carrasco to Buffalo. Carrasco, he of the cool stirrups, hasn't pitched particularly well, going 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 8 appearances.

Gee on the other hand has pitched well. He is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA since being recalled. It is expected that Gee will work in long relief out of the pen, as
Adam Rubin wrote yesterday. I am glad Gee is on the roster because I believe he earned the spot this spring, and with his pitching late last season. Putting him in the bullpen might very well retard his development. His role should be as a starting pitcher, not a long reliever. There were reports that Jon Niese was on thin ice, and possibly heading to the bullpen, but his start yesterday appears to have quelled that notion.

This four game winning streak has been a nice interruption from the losing ways we have been witnessing. Are the Mets on the verge of something big? Probably not, but as the old saying goes, this team wasn't as bad as they looked while losing, but they probably aren't as good as they have looked over the last four games while winning. The true test will come over the next two series where the Mets travel to Washington and Philadelphia to face their NL East foes.

Baseball Reference, CBS Sportsline

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