Mets Game 96: Win Over Cardinals

Mets 4 Cardinals 2

Back to the Flushing .500.

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee pitched well, allowing only two runs on three hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out two in an efficient 96-pitch outing. I think part of his success in this game was due to the fact that none of the Cardinals had ever seen him before. But still, Gee hit his spots and changed speeds well.

Kyle Lohse allowed 13 baserunners in 5 2/3 innings. One thing I did like about Lohse’s outing was his pace — he worked quickly, which keeps the fielders in the game. They needed to be, considering all the base hits he allowed.

Jason Isringhausen notched his first MLB save since 2008. He needs six more to reach 300 in his career.

Jose Reyes returned to collect two hits for the 44th time in 81 games. He still leads the NL in hits, even after missing two weeks of play.

Carlos Beltran also picked right up where he left off, going 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Cardinals do it again at 7:00 PM on Wednesday night. R.A. Dickey goes against Kyle McClellan.

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. This Justin July 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    What a different team this is with Reyes playing.

    I am really not looking forward to 162 games of Ruben Tejeda next year. Here’s hoping they resign him, much more entertaining to watch a game.

  2. Mike July 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm
    Im not looking forward ti 162 without Beltran either. I think the mets should try to see what Carlos thinks about coming back. But all that is mute if they lose Jose. If they do they should try to sell citi field and play there games in Brooklyn with the cyclones.
  3. Midwestern Met July 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm
    Izzy’s gonna party like it’s 1999.
  4. Izzy July 20, 2011 at 7:09 am
    Agree with Justin and Mike. Nothing more to say. Don’t carea bout the two draft picks who might help the next GM. As ofr the Izzy who midwestern is so excited about, it ain’t this Izzy and that Izzy isn’t doing anything forthe Mets future so really, who cares and why? Is he a feel good story? I’d rather have a feel good story like they’re having in Pittsburgh, a first place club.
  5. gary s. July 20, 2011 at 7:34 am
    As much as i like Beltran, don’t lose sight of the fact that he is in his walk year.He is 34 with 2 fragile knees.The smart thing to do is trade him and hope the player we get back can contribute down the road.
  6. Joe July 20, 2011 at 8:03 am
    This entry was posted w/i a few minutes of the game. Nice turnaround.

    As to Izzy, if we aren’t going to care about history and individual stories, why not just start be bored with come from behind wins too? After all, they are just losers. Who cares? The Pirates have a few more wins than the Mets. If they were in the Mets’ division, they would be six games behind the second place team.

    As to Beltran, he’s playing great now, but who’s to know, history you know, how he will play next year. Now, no Beltran AND Reyes, sure. But, Reyes, Santana, some decent replacement for Beltran etc. … and how about a replacement for Bay? Give me two new corner outfielders, then the loss of one will be better.

    Good luck with that.

    • Izzy July 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm
      Joe (not Janish but the guy who referred to Izzy (maybe this one) why is Izzy a feel good story. What does generation K have to do with anything good in Met history. Sonce you have forgotten history Generation K was supposed to make us winners for a decade. Generation K was a disaster. Izzy coming back, batterred body and all ius just a reminder of another rotten era in Met history, one as bas as this one turned out to be. And as for the Pirates and your very worn out line about if the Mets were in another divison…. They aren’t and again you must have forgotten history since the worse world Series team in history was the 73 Mets thanks to a horrid National League East. The Mets fans have nothing to whine about. Meanwhile despite your lamenting the division problem the Mets have, the people in western PA are now following baseball again while NL fans in NY are longing for the end of the football lockout.
      • Joe July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm
        I am aware of history. Your ‘tude is duly noted.

        People here and elsewhere back in March/April noted that Izzy was a charming human interest story. I really didn’t care, but the guy (unlike various younger sorts) actually gave the team a nice 8th inning man. “Battered” or not. So, especially on a losing team, heck, why not respect that sort of thing.

        The division issue is just fact. Would you care about the Pirates if they had the same record but was in the same position as the Mets? That’s the only point there. I’m aware of ’73. That doesn’t change my point.

        I’m not whining about the division. You are the one with the ‘tude. Projection? Others can decide.

  7. Mike T July 20, 2011 at 11:16 am
    The REAL Mike has returned after a few day hiatus for my move. And from now on I’ll start including my last initial to avoid any confusion.*

    *I know there was no confusion.

    In my opinion the only people still concerned about the Mets not making a push to resign Reyes are pessimists and idiots. They have the money to resign him. There is no doubt anymore.

    • Izzy July 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm
      So you have a crystal ball and know with 100% certainty that Reyes will stay!!!!! does Reyes have a say in this matter or is free agency to be stopped to save the Wilpons.
      • Mike T July 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm
        I said they will make the effort….

        anyone who still thinks that the Mets won’t try to resign Reyes is just not paying attention. This very blog concluded as late as early in the season that Reyes being traded was a foregone conclusion because of the Mets finances. We now know that not to be true.

  8. Mike B July 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    I dont want to be confused with you either, What does the amount of money have to do with it? What if the National offer him 25 million a year for 10 years? then What? Reyes is in a walk year so what, he gets hurt so what, so does utley, Albert, santana and every other big star. They should have signed him in the off season but they were so worried about wright. Now sandy knows what horse to back but it is to late. They will try to resign them and the only can hope nobody comes in and offers ridiculas money