Robust Is One Way to Describe the Mets Offense

August 19, 2009

The war of words between Mets manager Jerry Manuel and Atlanta Braves centerfielder Ryan Church was brought to another level yesterday. Prior to the start of last night’s 9-4 victory by the Mets, Manuel took a jab at Church, questioning his inability to bounce back quickly from two very severe concussions last season. Manuel eventually apologized to his former player and now hopes that one of his current players, Oliver Perez, will be able to recuperate rather quickly from an injury as well. Perez, who earned his third win of the season last night, aggravated the same knee that kept him out for a large part of the season.

The good news is, the Mets offense exploded for seventeen hits. Outfielders Jeff Francoeur and Gary Sheffield along with second baseman Luis Castillo (who is now batting .306) each had three hits apiece. Fernando Tatis, who for the time being has replaced David Wright at third base, went 2-for-4. Atlanta starting pitcher, right-hander Derek Lowe, was roughed up for eight runs on eleven hits in just three and two-thirds innings of work. If you recall, the Mets were interested in Lowe as a number two starter to complement Johan Santana before the start of spring training. Instead, they went with the southpaw in Perez. With last night’s very impressive victory, I guess you could score one for the left-hander.

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