Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Post Game: Mets Defeat Tigers 16-9

The New York Mets have scored 52 runs over the course of the past 4 games, adding 16 tonight to push their winning streak to 4 games while winning their second consecutive road series to push their record to 2 games over .500 for the first time since they opened the season 3-1.

Chris Capuano(7-7, 4.27 ERA) picked up the victory tonight despite struggling through his 5 innings of work. Capuano had retired the first 8 batters he faced before allowing a solo homer to Ryan Raburn. The Tigers would tack on 2 more HR's against Capuano--managing to score 5 runs off of him before being pulled after 5. The Mets didn't need to worry about making up ground, though, as they scored in the first and never looked back.

Jose Reyes opened the game with a single, took second on a wild throw, stole third base and later scored on a bases loaded triple by Scott Hairston. The Mets would take a 3-0 lead before they began the second and never relinquished it. Every Mets starter had a multi-hit game with the exception of Jason Bay--who drew 4 walks. Bay has hit for a .282 average coming into tonight's game and has raised his average to .236 on the year.

Ronny Paulino hit in the cleanup spot for the first time as a New York Met and delivered in a huge way. Paulino continued to mash lefties as he went 4-6 with a RBI and raised his average to .346 on the year. Daniel Murphy, who hit 8th tonight for the first time this year also came up big--going 2-5 and driving in 4 with 2 consecutive 2 RBI singles. Murphy has been on fire and is hitting just a tick under .300.

Angel Pagan was retired for the first time this series after going 3-3 to start the game and has raised his average to .263 on the year. After struggling mightily in Texas, Pagan had a 4 RBI night in what appears to be a breakout series.

The Mets are now just 5 games back of the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves with only the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks in between. With the Pittsburgh Pirates loss tonight the Mets passed them in the Wild Card standings. The Phillies had a big win against the Red Sox, though, and the Mets are still sitting 9 1/2 back in the National League East.

The Mets will look to extend their winning streak to 5 games tomorrow as they face Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander. A win tomorrow would set the high water mark for the Mets record on the season.