Jose Reyes’ four-hit night led the way for the Mets 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee pitched six productive innings in his home state, bouncing back from his last start for his 8th victory on the year. The Mets take the series in Arlington and make their way back to .500 on the season.
I stated last week that facing the Texas Rangers offense would be a huge test for Dillon Gee. That being said, I was very impressed by how he handled them. Outside of some first inning trouble, he manufactured outs very well. He was able to get the big outs by yielding ground balls. Through his first 17 starts, I’ve decided that Gee belongs in the major leagues as a starter. I see him as a number three in the rotation at best, but believe he has the ability to dominate any game with his Glavine-like approach.
The Jose Reyes debate is the toughest decision that has ever faced me as a Mets fan. It gets even harder with every triple he hits. Reyes had another four-hit game tonight and scored three times. He is such a catalyst at the top of the lineup that it almost seems ludicrous to discuss trading him. The argument could be made that he is the most exciting player in all of baseball. However, his success in 2011 may have been the worst thing that could happen to Sandy Alderson and the Mets. Reyes has stated that he wants Carl Crawford money and, from the way he’s played this season, it is very likely that he will get it. As much as it pains me to say it, it makes the most sense to see what type of package he commands on the market right now, understanding that we cannot invest a ton of money in one player in the current financial state of the team. If he can return a few top prospects, the Mets need to jump on that deal.
I still don’t understand why Terry Collins continually throws Francisco Rodriguez out in non-save situations, in which he struggles to over a 6.00 ERA. This may not have been his last run in Texas for the season. It is very likely that the shorted-bullpen Texas Rangers will have interest in trading for him as a closer, while moving Neftali Feliz to the setup role. Remember, K-Rod affirmed that he would consider waiving his option for a new contract.
- Jose Reyes leads the majors with 14 triples and the National League with 61 runs and a .341 batting average.
- Daniel Murphy is hitting .500 (9 for 18) over his current five-game hitting streak.
- Jason Bay was the only Met starter without a hit in the game.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel north to take on the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series beginning Monday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.
NYM R.A. Dickey (3-7) 3.76 ERA vs. DET Rick Porcello (6-5) 4.50 ERA
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