Monday, July 16, 2007

The Time is Now

Tonight, begins the biggest test of the season for the Mets. They’ve had big games, big series already, but this West Coast trip will be the barometer for what this team is really made of. In many ways, this trip can define what they’re all about and the time for them to explode is now. It’s time for the heavy artillery to show up. Beltran, Delgado and Wright have to lead this team, and blitz San Diego and LA much like they did last season. When we visited opposing ball parks last year, we went in with a swagger, a bruiting confidence that just pummeled teams into submission. That intimidating attitude has been sorely lacking over the last 7 weeks and it’s time to bring it back.

Playing 4 against the Padres and 3 against LA again (thank you schedule makers), it won’t be easy. They are two of the best teams in the NL and as Dave posted earlier today, West Coast trips historically are painful for the Mets.

So far the formula for the Mets has been great starting pitching and a resurgent bullpen, who by the way has allowed only 1 run in their last 30 innings. If they want to repeat as division champs again, the bats will have to heat up in Sunny California. We’ve waited long enough. The time to unload is now.

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