After not having any walk-off home runs last year, Citi Field saw its first two last Friday and Saturday when their catchers Barajas and Blanco broke 4-4 ties with homers to left. Barajas did the same 3 days earlier in the top of the ninth in Cincinnati.
The Mets also lost a pair this week on extra inning walk-off homers in the Great American Ballpark.
The week ended on a sour note, when Aaron Rowand’s eighth inning 2 run shot erased a nice Met comeback against The Freak and his followers.
The Met bullpen had either a blown save or a loss — or both — in each game this week, going 3-3 with 1 save and 4 blown saves for the week.
The Met starting pitchers didn’t factor in any decisions this week. Pelf & Santana bounced back nicely from last week’s debacles in Philly, and became the first Met starters to see the eighth inning this week (though Pelf has of course pitched in the 20th).
Rod Barajas is the player of the week for the second straight week. He only had 3 hits this week, but they were all homers, and two of them game winners. Barajas now leads the Mets in both homers and slugging, but he has a .253 On Base Percentage.
Honorable mention for Ike Davis who on Friday night alone had 2 homers, made a great catch falling into the dugout, and walked and scored the winning run.
David Wright broke a Met record by striking out in eight consecutive at bats. He may bunt in his first at bat tonight. The 8th strikeout really should have been his 3rd walk of the game, and it was followed by a tirade that got him quickly ejected. The Mets would have been forced to put an outfielder at third and a pitcher in the outfield had the game gone into extras, but the next two Mets struck out as well stranding the tying run on second.
It was the Mets first .500 week, and it dropped them to 2 back of the Phils.
The three extra inning games this week matched the Mets total going into the week, and the Mets now lead baseball in extra inning games played, so perhaps the Mets meant it when they said they would give their fans more for their money this year.
This week they host the Nats for 3 before flying south for the weekend for 4 in Miami.
Thanks for watching. See you next Monday.