Mets Game 63: Win Over Pirates

Mets 8 Pirates 1

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … AH HAHA HA HA HA HA HA.

Translation: the Mets win a laugher.

Mets Game Notes

The Mets hit, hit, hit, and then hit some more. Pirate pitching was pounded, lit up like a pinball machine. Most of the abuse was applied to starter and loser Charlie Morton, who gave up 7 runs on 9 hits in 4 innings. He didn’t pitch well at all, but he was also victimized by sub-par defense.

Meanwhile, the Bucs batters could do nothing with Dillon Gee, who cruised to his 7th victory. Gee pitched 8 innings, allowing only one run on 8 hits and no walks, striking out 5 in an efficient 104-pitch, 73-strike effort.

Keith Hernandez posed an intriguing question: could Gee make the All-Star team? If Dillon keeps winnin’, it’s going to be hard to keep him out.

Lucas Duda took advantage of his second chance in the bigs, stroking a base hit and driving in two runs.

Angel Pagan is playing like a man on a mission; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Jose Reyes snapped out of his one-game slump, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer — which was a bullet into the right field stands.

Josh Thole is creeping out of mediocrity; his three hits boosted his average to .245. He gets a lot of Luis Castillo-like squibbers and bloops, but they all look like line drives in the box score.

In the sixth inning, down by 7 and immediately following a solo blast by Jose Reyes, Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker made a sparkling, diving play on a sharp grounder up the middle to steal a hit from Justin Turner. As a baseball fan, that’s something I like to see: a player continuing to give everything he has despite a lopsided score.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Pirates do it again at 7:05 PM in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. R.A. Dickey goes against James McDonald.

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. Steve S. June 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    Man, Duda looked good at the plate tonight, hitting the stuffings out of the ball—even when he made outs.
  2. gary s. June 10, 2011 at 11:01 pm
    Since the Mets seem to be hoping that Jason K retires or is abducted by aliens, it would be great if duda steps up and hits for a few weeks..
    • Joe June 11, 2011 at 10:57 am
      Lol. And, who also came from the Pirates?

      “a player continuing to give everything he has despite a lopsided score”

      Yes. Kudos. Their RF also made a good play at one point.

      Dillon Gee, Niese and some others give Mets fans a reason to care. There is a lot of parity in baseball these days. The Mets can win games. As long as we don’t drink the kool aid and dream Wild Card or something, there is reason to enjoy the season some.

      • Hiro June 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm
        There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming WC – just with expecting it.