but Mets Win Their 6th in a Row Where was this in early August? Or July? Or June? Or even April and May, for that matter? It's not like the Mets have suddenly been blessed with a period of relative calm and good health the clubhouse is in a bit of an upheaval over the David Cone trade, the disabled list is still miles long.
Still, the Mets have managed to win six games straight. "I wonder a lot," said Doc Gooden, yesterday's winner as the Mets took a 6 5 victory from the Reds. "I would have liked to see this in April or May. I wonder if guys are more at ease now that there's not a lot of pressure anymore." 'What We Should Have Been Doing' The often frigid Mets offense is producing nine hits yesterday, 15 in Friday's nightcap. The bullpen, despite the absence of John Franco, has been more than respectable. There have been strong starts from Pete Schourek and Wally Whitehurst, and Gooden went six solid innings yesterday. The problem is, this is all a little too late. "This is what we should have been doing all year long," Manager Jeff Torborg said. The word "spoiler" is never a ballplayer's favorite, but the Mets seem to have found new life in their new role. The Reds trailed Atlanta by three and a half games when they arrived at Shea Stadium on Friday, and now they have lost three straight, leaving them four and a half out pending the result of Atlanta's game last night. "Any time you're the spoiler, you're not having too good a year," Gooden said, grinning, when asked if he liked the team's new role. "I'd definitely like it to be the other way around." An Eye on 1993 But the reason for the Mets' resurgence may have less to do with a desire to wreck other people's races that it does with what's going on in the home clubhouse. That was something that Chico Walker yesterday's hero with three hits, a oakley jupiter sunglasses sacrifice fly and three runs batted in in four plate appearances was quick to point out. "We've got guys who are going to be free agents," pointed out Walker, who would like to land himself an everyday job. "Now, guys are playing for positions on this team for next year. The only way to do that is to perform and I think that's sunk in to a lot of guys." Yes, Bobby Bonilla's return has given a jolt to the offense, but a lot of the Mets' success used oakley sunglasses has to do with the so called little guys. Yesterday, there was Walker, who has been playing somewhat regularly at third during the streak, catcher Charlie O'Brien (2 for 3, two runs scored), reliever Jeff Innis (two scoreless innings) and, once again, Anthony Young. Young, who has thrived since taking over for Franco as the team closer, saw his scoreless streak stopped at 24 innings when pinch hitter Glenn Braggs scored with one out in the ninth on a Dave Martinez infield groundout. But he finished the inning to record his 11th save of the year. "Any time you win six in a row, obviously you're doing something right," Walker said. "We've been playing pretty well. We have to go hard the rest of the way." And an Eye on the Scoreboard Ironically, the Mets found themselves lapsing into an old habit yesterday scoreboard watching during the game. Even Gooden took a few glances between innings, of course. Rookie Jeff Kent may have been styling at second base, what with those designer Oakley sunglasses and that sharp fifth inning fielding, but the man being watched, so to speak, was another country away. That man, of course, was Cone, known yesterday as the Blue Jays' No. 11 on the American League scoreboard at Shea Stadium. Cone, traded oakley for Kent and a player to be named later on Thursday, made his debut for Toronto in the Skydome and got knocked around by the Milwaukee Brewers. "I know it's a bad habit," Gooden admitted, "but before I'd always look up and see how St. Louis or Pittsburgh or whoever we were in the race with was doing. Today, between innings, I'd look oakley sumglasses up and see how Cone was doing. It was hard not to.
" Photo: Mets' Dwight Gooden scoring on a double by Vince Coleman as Reds' Joe Oliver made late tag. The Met won, 6 5, for their sixth straight victory. (Alan Zale for The New York Times).
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