Chris Carter certainly isn’t unstoppable (or is he?), but last night he was a key part of the Mets 7-2 victory. The Mets got offense from Carter (2 hits, 2 RBI, HR), Jose Reyes and David Wright (3 hits, 2 Runs, and a Stolen Base each). Mike Pelfrey pitched well once again, giving up just one earned run in his 8 innings of work.
This is exactly how the Mets need to play to win. They’ve been far to inconsistent with both their hitting and pitching. The Mets need to have Reyes and Wright lead the way almost daily, they need 6-7 solid innings from their starters (especially Johan, Dickey, Niese, and Pelf), and they need to fight hard for every game. As much as every loss makes me believe the Mets are done, they do have a puncher’s chance.
The stretch run gives us a bunch of games against the Mets and Phillies, as well as a few more against the Astros and Pirates, and if the Mets can play like they did last night, they might be able to at least regain some dignity, if not get back in a race.
Chris Carter has shown signs of being a pretty good hitter. He isn’t a stellar defensive outfielder…he isn’t a stellar defensive anything, but if his hitting is consistently good, and he brings the intensity we’ve seen from him literally since his first at bat this season…especially with Jason Bay out, he needs to be in the lineup on a semi-regular basis.
Carter is an animal. He’s ferocious, and you can just see it in his eyes. I (and many other Met fans) love Carter’s intensity and his tendency to stalk the dugout as if he’s stalking his prey…but also his desire (and commitment) to winning. Every quote I’ve heard from The Animal has him saying that he still believes in this team, and that this season is NOT over. And the more I hear it, the more I believe him. I think that Carter is an example of the kind of pieces this team needs. He’ll almost definitely never be a star, but if you surround a talented core of players with more guys like The Animal…you can certainly build a winner.