One Month Without Willie = FIRST PLACE!

The Mets fired WIllie Randolph on June 17.  At the time they were 1 game below .500 and 5 1/2 games out of first.

On July 17, your New York Mets have just won their 10th straight game to go 8 games above .500 and are in a first place tie with the Phillies!!!  They are now 18-9 under Jerry Manuel’s leadership.

JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!

The Mets had a 2006 vintage win last night, mounting two comebacks over the Reds to win 10-8.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning thanks to another Carlos Delgado HR, who started the unofficial 2nd half of the season right where he finished the first.  Delgado had 3 RBI on the night.

But in the bottom of the 4th, alleged 2nd half dominator  Johan Santana just fell apart.  He gave up back-to-back HRs to Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion and then a RBI 2B to Jay Bruce and a 2 run triple Jeff Keppinger and the Reds had a 5-2 lead.

The Mets put up 4 more runs thanks to a David Wright 2 run single in the 5th and a Fernando Tatis 2 run HR in th 6th.  Wright had 4 RBI on the night and Tatis had 3 RBI.

But the Mets 6-5 lead did not last long as the bullpen gave up 3 runs in the 7th.  But as was the case in 2006, you can no longer count the Mets out of any game.

They strung together 6th straight hits in the 9th and put up 4 runs to put the game away.  The Mets tied the game thanks to Wright, who hit a 2 run HR just over the glove of Ken Griffey Jr., who made a leaping attempt at a catch at the RF wall.

Damian Easley got the go ahead run on an RBI single.

The Mets go for a franchise record tying 11th win in a row tonight.

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