Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Post Game:No Beltran? No Problem.

The New York Mets(53-51) defeated the Cincinnati Reds(50-54) behind a masterful complete game from Mike Pelfrey and an offensive outburst, a final score of 8-2.

After Carlos Beltran was traded to the San Francisco Giants this afternoon, the New York Mets played their first game without him under contract since 2004, but one wouldn't be able to notice this by looking at the box score. The Mets pounded the Red for 8 runs and 11 hits including home runs from Lucas Duda and David Wright.

Boiling Points:
  • Mike Pelfrey(6-9, 4.55) pitched his 2nd complete game of the season, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits. Joey Votto cracked a solo home run early on but Pelfrey, who has pitched horrendously on the road this year, was able to pick up his team on a night when the bullpen had been taxed for 4 innings the previous night.
  • David Wright collected 2 more hits including a solo home run to raise his average to .259 on the year. Since returning, Wright has 2 home runs and 12 hits in 6 games.
  • Lucas Duda hit a laser just over the right field fence for his second home run of the year on his first night taking over for Carlos Beltran.
  • Jose Reyes collected yet another multi-hit game, hitting a single and a double.
  • Daniel Murphy is now hitting .319 after collecting his first career 4 hit game.
  • The Red defense was horrendous, committing an error and looking unmotivated.
The New York Mets will look to sweep the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow afternoon at Great American Ballpark at 12:30 with Chris Capuano taking the mound.

The New York Mets have the potential to move within 6 1/2 games of the Wild Card if the Pittsburgh Pirates are able to defeat the Atlanta Braves tonight. The Phillies loss also moves the Mets within 12 1/2 of the National League East leading Philadelphia Phillies.