May 6, 2010 6:25 AM
Baseball can be a weird game.
Let's just take a look at the Mets-Reds game on Wednesday afternoon as an example.
First of all, the game capped a three-game series in which last at-bat solo homers were the difference in all three games - in all, there were 11 homers hit in the series, all of which were solo shots.
But that's just the beginning.
Wouldn't you know it, the day I ask the Mets to stop walking batters, Jon Niese and two relievers combine for a no-walk effort.
Unfortunately, Niese gave up 12 hits, so that was kind of a wash.
But that's not all!
The winning team, the Reds, gave up a bases-loaded walk, the same day I implied that you just can't win doing that.
Two other things coming out of this quick series in Cincinnati:
1) The Mets are just about equal to the Reds. What does that mean? Seems like they'll finish the season at around .500 and in third place. That's kind of Reds-esque.
2) Hisanori Takahashi has been a savior. He not only fills the long relief role for the Mets, but he excels in the role. He had three more perfect innings on Wednesday, striking out four, adding another awesome relief effort to a growing major league resume.
The Mets are back home against the Giants on Friday. It seems like a very home-heavy early part of the season for the Mets - I should take a look at that and get an idea of when the other shoe will drop in that regard.