After last night's rain-shortened win, 5-1 (box score), the Mets are looking for the sweep today against a pretty awful Pirates team. I, for one, couldn't be happier with the timing of this series for the Mets. They needed to get their confidence going and start hitting. So far this series, 12 runs in 1 and a half games is pretty good, as is securing the first NL road series win of the season for the team. Yes, I know the Pirates stink...but a win is a win.
Speaking of wins...
The Dodgers have claimed Rod Barajas off waivers, according to Adam Rubin at ESPN New York. And that closes the book on Rod's Mets career, which was short lived. Remember when Rod was crushing the ball earlier in the season and everyone, myself included, who was skeptical of Minaya signing Barajas had to eat their words. Well today, I think we have come full circle and realized that perhaps a full season, not a hot streak, is a true indicator of what a player is capable of. Although, I must say, I was on the Bengie Molina bandwagon and he hasn't been much better. By the way Jesus Feliciano has been called up to replace Barajas on the roster...
Either way, this has been a transitional year with the team. Ike, Tejada and Thole have taken over, with Parnell coming back from the dead and Carter proving his worth. I think if the team can clear some clutter this off season (Perez, Castillo, Frenchy-that hurt to type), they can really continue to build this team into a contender. I just wish it didn't take this long to do it.
But in the immediate future the Mets send Santana to the hill against Zach Duke with a chance to sweep the Bucs. A less-lefty-line up for today's game is courtesy of the Mets on twitter:
Get a sweep Mets, then we'll talk about next week...