Originally posted on CitiSlickers  |  Last updated 7/3/12

How in the hell are the New York Mets still in the NL East Race 1 game short of the halfway point in the season?  Honestly, did any of us think the Mets would be 6 games over .500 much less 3.5 games out of first place at this point?  Are there Angels in the outfield?  Is Terry Collins injecting each player with HGH prior to first pitch each night?  Is it ‘little Jerry’, the lucky chicken?  Is it the fact that the Mayans believe the world is going to end 5 months from now?

The New York Mets are half a game out of the 2 wild card spots in the National League.  Half a game….seriously, we looked it up.  The Mets have gotten to this point by playing team baseball like the Bad News Bears (after they sucked and Buttermaker turned out to be a genius).  They’ve also gotten there because their pitching has been hotter than Mila Kunis in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  RA Dickey aka Bobby Al climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro this offseason and I’m convinced he either met up with the devil and signed himself a nice little CY Young for your soul deal OR he found the Holy Grail up there, melted it down, and uses it to file his nails.  Dickey is 12-1 with a 2.15 ERA.  Johan Santana may not be the Santana of old….but he’s still pretty damn good.  The Bionic armed one is 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA.  And oh yeah, he also happened to throw the first no hitter in Mets history.  TAKE THAT PHILLY!  Not to be overlooked is Jon Niese, the man with the curveball as crooked as his nose used to be.  Niese is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA and has 10 quality starts.

As for the lineup, David Wright is leading the way like Luke Skywalker through an army of droids.  Wright is hitting .354 and has 50 RBIs.  If it weren’t for the trolley riding, rice a roni lovers, Wright would be starting in the All Star game next week.  But honestly, who cares, he still made the team and he’ll still play his 2-3 innings.

Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda and Rice a Roni

As for the rest of the Mets lineup, it’s mostly be strung together with timely hitting.  Lucas Duda has been consistent and has provided some pop.  Daniel Murphy is most streaky than Frank the Tank after a kegger, but he’s been pretty hot of late, so we’ll take it…..

 Ike Davis was so ice cold at the beginning of the year that some thought he was frozen in carbonite.  There was even talk of him going down to the minors at one point….Not so much anymore because Ike has been hitting the ball like Pedro Cerano, after his sacrifices to jabu.  Speaking of which, I wonder if Ike sacrificed little Jerry?  Kirk Nieuwenhuis has played well, but strikes out a lot.  I still like the kid and think he can be a long term answer in center.  Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole also deserve a roaring round of applause because they too have performed admirably.

Overall, the Mets have far surpassed my expectations for them.  I thought they were destined for the basement in the NL East.  And trust me, I know there are fellow Mets fans out there that thought the same thing.  It’s clear to me, every time the Mets enter one of their 3-4 game skids and the fan base yells, in unison: Oh No, We Suck Again!  My advice is to stay patient Mets fans.  We’re only halfway home.  Hopefully Mr Alderson (pronounced like this) can bring in a righty bat and bullpen arm for a stretch run.  At least we’re all not frantically waiting for football season to get here….the Mets might just do the job and give us meaningful games in September again.  Let’s Go Mets!!!!

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