Mets 5 Astros 1
Back to .500 — now what?
R.A. Dickey was his usual spectacular self, setting down the ‘stros through seven stellar innings, allowing just six hits, two walks, and one run. Should we now be expecting him to pitch this way?
Josh Thole was the offensive star of the ballgame, hitting a double, a solo homer, walking once, and scoring twice. Dickey helped himself by going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run. Maybe he should get a crack at left field.
Freshly called up shortstop Luis Hernandez played shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Very strange, since Tejada was on a hot streak — he had a walk, a hit, and an RBI in his last three plate appearances. The poor kid finally gets the bat going and he’s sent to the bench — what sense does that make?
Next Mets Game
The Mets fly down to Atlanta to begin a crucial four-game series against the first-place Braves on Monday night, with first pitch at 7:10 PM. Pat Misch faces Jair Jurrjens. If the Mets can sweep the Braves, they will cut Atlanta’s lead to only six-and-a-half games with 28 to play — not an insurmountable gap (just ask the 2007 Mets).