Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mets Put Dodgers At Bay: Shutout Dodgers 6-0

On July 25th 2010, Jason Bay collided with the left field fence at Dodgers Stadium and suffered a season ending concussion, effectively putting an end to a disappointing first year in New York. Having just signed a 4 year, $66 Million contract, Bay was supposed to fill the power void that had been left by Carlos Delgado after being injured in 2009.

Tonight, the New York Mets were carried by Jason Bay, who hit 2 home runs, including a solo shot in the 6th to extend the Mets lead to 3-0 . Coming up in the 8th with 2 men on, Jason Bay broke the game open with a 3 run opposite field shot to give the Mets a 6-0 lead. It was only Bay's third multi-HR game since coming to the Mets in 2010 and Bay now has as many home runs as he did all of last year. During his 8 game hitting streak, Bay has belted 3 HR's and has driven in 12 runs.

The Mets received 6 shutout innings from Mike Pelfrey(5-7, 4.64 ERA), although Pelfrey was dodging danger the entire night. Pelfrey allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out only 2. Pelfrey caught several lucky breaks tonight, including a potential 2nd and 3rd situation with 1 out early on--but Matt Kemp got overly aggressive trying to score from first on the Juan Uribe double and was thrown out. Pelfrey was also able to strand 9 runners including 2 bases loaded situations. Pelfrey has pitched to a mid-3 ERA with Ronny Paulino behind the plate as opposed to the high 9 ERA he has when paired with Josh Thole.

Carlos Beltran got the offense started with a 2 run home run in the top of the 5th, breaking a scoreless tie. For Beltran it was his 13th blast of the year, 8 of which have come from the right side. Beltran has been on fire over his past 11 games, hitting over .300 with 4 HR's and 15 RBIs. Along with Jason Bay's recent power surge, Beltran quietly remains a reason why the Mets have been able to float around .500.

Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen and DJ Carrasco were able to pitch scoreless innings in relief of Mike Pelfrey. After struggling following his DL stint, Beato has only allowed 3 earned runs since June 14th.

After losing 3 in a row to Detroit and New York, the Mets have bounced back and won 3 in a row to raise their record to 44-42 on the year. While the Phillies and Braves have seemingly been unbeatable and the Mets remain 10 1/2 games out of the National League East, they're only 6 1/2 games out of the Wild Card, tied with Milwaukee for 4th place and only 1 game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets won't be head-to-head with the Braves until the first weekend in August--and by than the team very well could look different if they fail to maintain their winning ways.

The Mets will look to extend their winning streak to 4 games and win the series in Los Angeles tomorrow night at 10:10 PM ET as Jon Niese(7-7, 3.72 ERA) will look to rebound from a losing effort against the Yankees last weekend. He'll oppose Hiroki Kuroda(6-9, 2.90 ERA), who has quietly been one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League despite not receiving run support.