— Days Without Shea —

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The Mets have reached .500 after beating the Braves 3-1 Saturday.

Some might credit the Ike Davis debut for the Mets' resurgence. Some may praise the bullpen for its excellent work this week.

Yes the Mets are 5-1 since Ike arrived Monday. But the boys are undefeated since Thursday, when the Seaver Gate and Hodges Gate were officially recognized in ceremonies outside Citi Field.

Coincidence?

Never question the Spirits of Shea.

As I wrote at the beginning of the week, this homestand was make or break for the season and for the careers of Manuel and Minaya. The team had to win at least two of these series (check). Ike Davis needed to come up (check.) Bay needs to start hitting (1/4 of a check) and Reyes and Wright need to start up. Wright is still a mystery but Jose has been flashing some glove again and hitting much better this week.

Getting to .500 is a nice milestone, but not a desired final destination. This certainly spares Manuel for a spell, and frankly he earned it. His strategerizing...especially use of the bullpen...has helped secure a few of these wins. Lets face it: the Mets are not blowing guys out and the starting pitching, while decent, has not gone deep into games. The bullpen is being counted on to defend very small leads over several innings each day. This is not a long-term recipe for success. Unless the big bats get going soon, we're enjoying a false recovery.

But it feels good for now. And who knows, if they open up Rusty Staub Gate, maybe we'll go undefeated the rest of the way.





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