Mets Game 124: Win Over Pirates

Mets 4 Pirates 0

One more and the Mets will complete a sweep in Pittsburgh.

Johan Santana was spectacular, never struggling in a 9-inning complete-game shutout. Johan gave up three hits, no walks, no runs, and struck out 7 in a textbook, 113-pitch performance.

He only needed one, but the Mets gave him four. Hot-hitting Brian “Sluggo” Schneider gave the Mets an early lead with a two-run homer in the second. Schneider singled in another run in the fourth, and Carlos Beltran blasted a solo shot in the sixth to close out the scoring for the day.

Notes

Argenis Reyes went 3-for-4, notably relaxed with the exit of Anderson Hernandez from the organization. OK, maybe AHern’s trade to the Nats had no effect. Reyes has, however, been proving me wrong since I doubted the logic of placing him at the top of the order. He’s boosted his OBP to .316 with his recent hot streak (though he’s still not taking many walks).

David Wright got a well-deserved day off, and hardly anyone noticed. Damion Easley took his place in the infield and — strangley — in the third spot of the lineup.

Maybe Jose Reyes needed a rest, too. Jose made his 14th error of the season on a ground ball, dropped a throw from Carlos Delgado, and was nearly picked off second base in the top of the ninth. Perhaps he’ll rest on Monday, and Damion Easley will play short and lead off.

Next Game

The Mets bring the broom on Monday in a 12:35 pm start. John Maine goes to the mound against Paul Maholm.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten August 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm
    Games like today’s are why the Mets went out and got Johan. Yeah, it’s against the Pirates, but wins against them count the same as wins against the Cubs, or the Marlins, or Braves, or Phillthies. A win is a win is a win. The Fish, in action against the Cubs, coughed up nine runs to them. The Phillthies are in action tonight, with Cha Seung Baek going for the Padres in PETCO against Hole Camels. Thing is, Hamels has beaten the Padres once this year, and Baek has all seven of his losses this year at PETCO.
  2. isuzudude August 17, 2008 at 8:59 pm
    Looks like Santana is starting unveil his typical 2nd half of the season form. And at least for the short term, the Mets don’t seem to be missing those 4 prospects we gave up for him.

    By the way, anyone else see Brian Bannister get rocked for 10 runs against the Yankees today? Sporting a sexy 5.96 ERA, it’s funny how we aren’t hearing anymore of those complaints for trading him for Ambiorix Burgos last year. What say you, Mark Malusis?

  3. Micalpalyn August 18, 2008 at 1:43 pm
    Lets not forget just 1 week ago we gave 6 back to these SAME pirates in the last 2 frames.