In Game one of the day-night doubleheader on Friday, the Mets scored 15 runs. All 15 were driven in by the middle of the order; the 3-4-5 hitters. David Wright went 4-5 with 3 RBI, Carlos Beltran hit a home run and accounted for 3 more RBI, and Carlos Delgado had an entire season in one day.
For one game, at least, Delgado looked like the Delgado of 2006. The Delgado who terrorized American League pitchers in the late nineties. He hit two home runs, including a grand slam, en route to a 9-RBI game – numbers that would rival any big game he ever had in his prime. Let the speculation begin about Andy Phillips pushing Delgado.
Jose Reyes (2) and Luis Castillo (5) scored a combined 7 runs, while getting on base a total of 8 times.
The top of the order was on base? The RBI guys got RBIs? What’s up with that? That’s how a lineup is supposed to work. Maybe now that it has been demonstrated, the Mets will figure out how to do that a little more often.