2006_03_smetslogo.jpgDon't look now, but the Mets have the best...we're just not going to finish that sentence. The Mets are riding high after a sweep of the Washington Nationals and are on a six game winning streak. Yesterday, in Victor Zambrano's first start of the season, the Mets cruised to victory again, defeating the Nationals 13-4. In the win, the Mets managed to hit four home runs, including three in the first inning by Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Cliff Floyd. Carlos Delgado added his home run in the fifth inning. The last time the Mets hit three home runs in the first inning was in 1999. The Mets tagged Nationals starter Livan Hernandez for 11 hits and 8 runs in six innings. Zambrano, who allowed 6 hits and 3 runs in five innings, wasn't magnificent in his debut, but with the offense the Mets displayed yesterday, he didn't have to be - unfortunate for our DC brethren who has a team sitting at 2-8 on the season.

Wright continued his hot streak yesterday with three hits and two RBI. He currently has 12 RBI on the season and is batting .471. As a team, the Mets lead the National League with a .320 batting average. And in the useless information department, yesterday's game was the first time in Mets history that the 3, 4, 5, and 6 hitters all homered in the same game. Clearly, hitting home runs at RFK Stadium isn't as big a problem Jose Vidro would like you to believe. Vidro has complained that the stadium's dimensions are unfair for the Nationals. Um, Jose, we hate to break it to you, but the visitors have to hit in the park too.

The Mets return home for a six game home stand against some more difficult opponents than they have faced during their impressive start. First up are the Milwakee Brewers who are much improved from previous seasons. The Braves come to town for three games on Monday before the Mets hit the road for the rest of April.