Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Post Game: Mets Defeat Braves 4-0-Reach .500

Dillon Gee had just completed his 4th shutout inning of work when the tarp was pulled over the field for the next hour and twenty minutes. Indeed, en route to his 8th victory of the year Gee wasn't able to finish the job he started due to the second hour long delay of the evening. However, the Mets bullpen showed glimpses of being the lights out team assembled several weeks ago.

The Mets won their second in a row against the Atlanta Braves 4-0 to win their second consecutive series against the Braves. Mets pitchers combined for a 2 hit shutout in impressive fashion. Dillon Gee looked to be on his way to dominating the Braves once again as he allowed only 1 hit in 4 innings before the delay. DJ Carrasco came on in relief of Gee and pitched two perfect innings before handing over the ball to Bobby Parnell. Parnell, who struggled mightily before being place on the disabled list earlier this year, was lights out. He struck out 5 in his 2 innings of work whilst only allowing a single. Parnell had a buzzing fastball that reached 99 MPH and had control of his slider--a big weapon in his arsenal. The performance was especially encouraging in light of the recent struggled of Rule V draft pick Pedro Beato.

There was yet another oddity- Jose Reyes didn't record a multi-hit game. Instead, he lead off the game with a double that lead to the Mets taking an early 1-0 lead and drove in a run on a scorched ball down the first base line that was played brilliantly by Eric Hinske. Angel Pagan hit a 2 run homer, his 2nd of the year, to expand the Mets lead to 3-0 prior to the rain delay.

The push to .500 has been another long road for the Mets. They haven't been able to climb back to even since they took the first game of their series against the Yankees in May--and the promptly fell right back under as they dropped the final 2 games of the series. It has been a pleasure watching the team climb out of the hole they seemingly managed to procure themselves in--but the key will be the upcoming series. The Florida Marlins recent struggles and the ability to defeat the Braves is well known and the next obstacle will be competing with Philadelphia. On a team that lacks star power the key pieces have managed to come through in a surprising fashion. A win tomorrow will bring the Mets over .500 for the first time since the first week of play concluded.

The Mets have won 8 of their last 11 games and are 6-3 on their current road trip. They'll head to Citi Field on Friday following the conclusion of their trip which ends tomorrow evening when R.A Dickey will look to secure a win following a complete game loss in his last outing.