While, of course, you should take this with a huge grain of salt, but so far the Mets are putting some fears to bed that they are some sort of power-sapped bunch. We’ve been led to believe that the only way for the Mets to be successful is to to manufacture runs.
Of course the sample size is extremely small, but the Mets have walloped four home runs-which have accounted for 10 of the 19 runs they have scored- thus far in the two wins they collected against the Padres. Collin Cowgill, Lucas Duda, Ike Davis and John Buck have all put some good swings on the ball this week and in the process they are entertaining the masses at Citi Field.
Good times indeed.
Wait, we have been here before-although not with the prodigious pop. If you recall, we are all so giddy when our beloved Mets swept the Braves at home in the first week of action last year en route to starting the season 4-0. We all thought things were perhaps on the upswing, only to have our dreams crushed in the second half of the season.
Regardless, it always helps when you get off to a good start. However, for the Mets though, it’s how you finish in which you are defined-not how you start. Regardless, you gotta start somewhere and it is indeed refreshing to see the Mets slug their way to a 2-0 record.
For the Mets to go anywhere this season and exceed expectations they are going to have hit their worth in weight and it starts by hitting some more long balls. You know, chicks do love the long ball. We know we’ll get close to 20+ home runs from David Wright and an additional 30 or so from Davis. The wild cards though, are what we can get out of Duda, Cowgill, Buck and Daniel Murphy. Most recognize that hitters like Ruben Tejada and Marlon Byrd are not going to approach double digits in home runs, but the aforementioned foursome hold the key to the Mets’ possible power surge.
Duda, Cowgill, Buck and Murphy could give the team anywhere from 40 to 80 home runs, depending how they maximize their potential. If they all come closer to the mark of 80, then the Mets might be in a position to surpass the modest expectations placed upon them this year.
We know that Duda and Buck have legitimate power. And we have been sold a bag of goods that Murphy and Cowgill have the upside to hit more dingers. So, when you combine these four players with Wright and Davis, we can possibly be looking at a home run renaissance.
No, this team won’t remind any one of the Darryl Strawberry-led 80’s squads or the 2006 edition that trotted out Wright, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado on an everyday basis, but with a little luck and anticipated improvement we could be witnessing a power resurgence in Queens.
Now, how do you like them (Home Run) apples?