Mets Game 48: Win Over Padres

Mets 2 Padres 0

It wasn’t a four-game sweep, but it was the next-best thing.

Mets Game Notes

As has been the case most of the time this year, R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler was dancing. Don’t look now, but R.A. has a 7-1 record and on pace to be the Mets’ first 20-game winner since Frank Viola went 20-12 in 1990.

And thank goodness Dickey held the hard-hitting Padres to only three hits and no runs, because the Mets could do nothing against San Diego ace Edinson Volquez — other than five hits, three walks, and two runs.

One of those runs came on a passed ball; the other on a single by Daniel Murphy. That’s it.

David Wright went 0-for-3 with a run scored, dropping his average down to .382. The resurgence of Ike Davis has been temporarily halted, as he also went 0-for-3, but with two strikeouts.

Justin Tuner collected two hits, including a double, as the starting shortstop.

Dickey had one of the Mets’ five hits.

Mike Baxter led off and had one hit, a double, his tenth of the year. Wow, pretty impressive that Baxter has that many two-baggers considering that he’s spent most of the year as a pinch-hitter.

After watching the ineptitude of the Padres this weekend, I seriously wish MLB would consider contracting by two to four clubs. They never would, because there are too many millions of dollars at stake. But the injury-ridden Padres look like a bad AAA team — and the Pirates don’t look all that much better. Bud Selig is constantly looking for ridiculous ways of tweaking the game to create more “excitement,” such as adding more wild cards. You know what would make the game exciting? Send the six last-place teams at the All-Star Break down to AAA. You might not see players like these Padres throw in the towel so quickly, and you’d see better baseball in the second half. I know, I know — the scheduling would be a mess, but hey, that’s why we have modern technology. If we can put a man on the moon and deliver a pizza in 20 minutes, surely we can figure out a way to reconfigure a baseball schedule.

Next Mets Game

The Mets open a three-game set against the suddenly Roy Halladay-less Phillies on Monday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Jonathan Niese goes to the mound against Cole Hamels.

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