Mets Game 85: Win Over Dodgers

Mets 5 Dodgers 2

Thanks to a two-game winning streak, the Mets surge back over the .500 mark with a win on the West Coast.

Mets Game Notes

Who needs Jose Reyes when you have Angel Pagan in the leadoff spot and Ruben Tejada playing shortstop? The two combined for four hits, three runs, and an RBI.

Chris Capuano gave his usual above-average six innings, but Bobby Parnell produced an unusually spotless two frames to bridge the gap to Frankie Rodriguez, who earned his 21st save and 32nd finish (23 more to go for the pot of gold).

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Dodgers do it again at 10:10 PM EST on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey pitches for the Mets and Ted Lilly is scheduled to go for the Dodgers.

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. Joe July 5, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Not bad after spotting the Dodgers five innings.

    Turner got hit again in a key spot. Ho hum.

  2. Andy July 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    I count two games so far in the current streak: Win v. Yankees, July 3. Win v. Dodgers, July 4. What am I missing?
    • max_dugan July 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm
      You count the exhibition games against the AL teams?
      • mike July 6, 2011 at 9:40 am
        You mean the exhibition games that count in the standings? Yeah, he’s counting those. I guess all those other sports that play inter-conference games shouldn’t count those either. What makes baseball so damn special?
  3. Dave July 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    This was a fun game to appreciate for the little things. For example after Ruben Tejada broke up the no hit bid with a clean single, Chris Capuano popped up his first bunt attempt (after taking ball one) behind home plate. The catcher correctly (per Ron Darling) jumped out in front of the plate on contact only to find himself unable to make a diving stab at the ball before it fell to the earth. Capuano gets the bunt down on the next pitch (and deserves credit for that, the De La Rosa kid was throwing mid-90s) and it’s a runner on second with one out instead of stuck at first. Maybe Loney is playing a little closer to the bag to hold on Tejada when Pagan hits his screamer up the line and instead of a run-scoring double it is a 3-6-3 double play.
    • Joe July 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm
      Yup. That’s why, Mets pitchers, you need to know how to bunt.