Jerry Manuel’s infamous post game comments after Thursday night’s loss to the Houston Astros in which the beleaguered Mets manager categorized his offense as “pathetic” may now seem more like a battle cry for his struggling hitters than anything else.
After mustering up just three singles the previous night, the Mets offense exploded on Friday with seven runs on fifteen hits. Be it against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, the charge was led by Chris Carter who was inserted into the clean-up spot as a way to shake things up. Carter went 2-for-4 with a home run including two runs batted in.
David Wright and Jose Reyes continued their late-August surge with identical line scores. They both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Rookie catcher Josh Thole also contributed with two hits and two RBIs of his own.
With such an overmatched opponent in the Pirates, there should be no reason why the Mets hitters shouldn't be able to keep this up. If so, will Jeff Francoeur continue to sport the Keith Hernandez-style moustache?