Mets Game 104: Win Over Reds

Mets 8 Reds

Who needs Carlos Beltran? I mean, other than the Giants?

Mets Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey gave one of his best performances of the year only hours after news of the Carlos Beltran trade was leaked out. Coincidence? Hmm ….

Hey speaking of Beltran’s exit, if the Mets run off a 10-game winning streak, does that mean there really WAS something about Beltran’s presence that was holding the Mets back? Well, let’s see if the Mets can actually go on a winning streak before we put Beltran’s file next to Bobby Abreu‘s.

For those who lack sense of humor, yes, I’m kidding. Though, one thing did really jump out at me — in an interview on SNY, David Wright referred to the trade as “…getting rid of Beltran”. Whether it was a subconscious slip of the tongue or not, it was a mildly alarming expression to hear.

Oh but hey enough about the trade that has ended the Mets’ slim hopes of making the postseason; they beat the crap out of the Reds and have a chance to sweep in Cincinnati!

The Mets beat Bronson Arroyo for the first time since July 12, 2007. Bronson’s pregame guitar solo was pretty good, though.

Dan Murphy enjoyed the first four-hit game of his career. He is a man on fire and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Now, just think, what if Ike Davis was healthy? Would Murphy be playing? If so, where? Something to think about.

Speaking of hot hitters, David Wright went 2-for-4 with a walk, a homer, two runs scored, and 4 RBI. He is on a rampage since coming off the DL.

Jose Reyes had another multi-hit game, and lashed a double. Ho-hum.

With Beltran gone, Lucas Duda got the start in RF and made the most of it, sending a seed into the right field stands for a solo homer, his second of the season. I am excited to see what Duda will do with the opportunity to get regular at-bats. If he develops confidence, we may have a James Loney type of hitter in the making — which isn’t bad.

Next Mets Game

The Mets go for the sweep in Cincinnati on Thursday, game time is a camp-friendly 12:35 PM. Chris Capuano goes to the hill against Homer Bailey. Considering how the Reds (other than Joey Votto) slept-walked their way through the final innings of Wednesday night’s contest, I’m expecting Cincinnati to lay down and let the Mets finish them off.

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