Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jason Isringhausen looked at the man who has 46 career home runs against the New York Mets in the bottom of the 8th inning after allowing a solo home run to Dan Uggla. Larry Jones connected with a hanging curveball that went deep to right field--but a leaping grab by Carlos Beltran just short of the wall retired Jones. A rare 1-2-3 inning from K-Rod sealed the deal as the Mets took game 1 of a 3 game set at Turner Field 4-3.

Tim Byrdak hasn't been the most revered Met this year--only recently lowering his ERA under 5. Despite the great performance by Jonathan Niese, Byrdak entered with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out to face Brian McCann and he came up huge. Byrdak struck out McCann looking before fanning David Hernandez with a 91 MPH fastball--another odd occurrence from the space man.

Jonathan Niese was brilliant, pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing only 2 ER on 5 hits while securing his 6th win of the year. The victory tonight lowered Niese's ERA to 3.46 and was sporting a 2.53 ERA over his last 10 starts coming into tonight's game.

Jose Reyes led the offensive effort once again, pressing Jair Jurrjens to the point where he was blatantly uncomfortable with his on base antics. Reyes had another 3 hit night, going 3-5 with a RBI to bring his average up to a major league leading .346 on the year.

Willie Harris got the start in left field as Jason Bay had another night to think about his struggled. Harris reached base 3 times(2 BB, 1 1B) and had a stolen base.

The Mets are now tied for 3rd place in the National League East with their win tonight, tying the Florida Marlins. Florida has struggled mightily, falling 1 game under .500 and trailing by 6 in the 7th inning as of this writing. The Mets once again find themselves hovering around .500, yet they haven't reached the mark since they took the first game of the 3 game set against the Yankees in the Bronx.

The Mets continue to fight behind terrific starting pitching and minimal offense. While Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran have been terrific, 5 of tonight's 9 starters were hitting under .250. The Mets record is truly a testament to how significant Reyes is to the club's success--and it's also an indication of what the team could do if fully healthy.

The Mets will look to win their second consecutive game and series against the Atlanta Braves tomorrow at Turner Field at 7:10 PM as Dillon Gee will look to remain undefeated.