WFUV's Mets beat reporters talk to the Mets
Prior to spring training, the outside expectations for the Mets were to win under 80 games by season's end. The team has played well over that thus far. Entering the All-Star break, the Mets are 46-40.
Daniel Murphy has a had a lot to do with that. Earlier in the season, his hot hitting carried the team. He had cooled off for most of June, but he carried a hot bat into the break.
Ike Davis couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag for the first two months of the season. He finally began to turn it around last month with 6 HR, 24 RBI, and a .264 batting average.
Ruben Tejada is doing more than filling the absence made by the departure of Jose Reyes. In 14 games since coming off the DL, he's hit .362.
Mike Nickeas hasn't contributed at the plate like the others have, but he's played a big role in catching a rotation headlined by excellent performances by RA Dickey and Johan Santana.
Pedro Beato returned a few days ago to help a bullpen that's a major-league worst. His 1.12 ERA in 16 AAA appearances will certainly aid the team.
Steve Simineri conducted the interview with Nickeas and Beato while I talked Murphy, Davis, and Tejada.