Mets Game 52: Win Over Phillies

Mets 9 Phillies 5

The Mets pounded Phillies pitching for 17 hits and 9 runs to avert a sweep and move two games away from the NL East cellar.

Mets Game Notes

Spotted an early eight-run lead, Jonathon Niese cruised through 6 1/3, allowing just one unearned run on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. To see so many walks with such a large lead was disappointing, but Jon’s command was a bit off.

More disappointing was another poor performance by the Mets bullpen, which has recently become a weakness. The bulk of the Phillie scoring came against Taylor Buchholz, who allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in just an inning and a third. He needed help from Pedro Beato to secure the victory — but even Beato gave up a run.

Offensively, the Mets could do no wrong — they lit up Phillies starter and loser Vance Worley like a pinball machine with 8 runs in the first two frames. It seemed like he was throwing batting practice, leaving waist-high fastballs over the middle of the plate. I also wonder if he was tipping his pitches, because the Mets looked exceptionally comfortable at the plate.

Jose Reyes led the way with yet another multi-hit game. He went 4-for-5 with two triples; strangely enough, that resulted in only one run and one RBI.

Josh Thole finally busted out of his slump, collecting three hits and three RBI. Dan Murphy also had three safeties.

Next Mets Game

The Mets remain home to host the Pirates on Memorial Day evening. Game time is 7:05 PM. The Mets send Dillon Gee to the mound against Charlie Morton.

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.