Mets Game 132: Win Over Marlins
Mets 5 Marlins 1
The Mets pull off a doubleheader sweep, as Bobby Parnell saves two games in one day. Did anyone notice amphibians falling from the sky or horses running through the outfield? Hey, we’ve also experienced an earthquake and a hurricane so I’m not taking anything for granted …
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee gave the Mets six solid innings against a depleted Marlins lineup, allowing only one run on six hits and a walk in a 101-pitch, six-inning effort. Gee mixed and matched fastballs off the outside corner with changeups down and just enough breaking pitches to keep the Fish off-balance. Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta, and Bobby Parnell spun three frames of scoreless relief to put the game away.
Meanwhile, the Mets offense teed off on Ricky Nolasco, scoring four times against him on nine hits. They touched reliever Jose Ceda — who appeared to be Armando Benitez in disguise — for another run in the final frame.
Interestingly, there were no walks drawn by the team second in the NL in that category. It appeared to me that the Mets were looking to turn the tables on the scouting report and swing early on counts — and Nolasco did not recognize the change and did not adjust. Will they keep up this strategy or only use it in spots to throw teams off? We’ll soon see.
Nick Evans remains red-hot, collecting another two hits, including a double. He’s now hitting .300 on the season, which is quite a feat considering he was under .200 exactly a week ago.
Willie Harris, David Wright, and Ruben Tejada also had two hits apiece; Wright had a double and Tejada a triple.
Jose Reyes returned to the lineup and the leadoff spot and went 1-for-4, dropping his NL-leading batting average to .336. He did score a run, though.
Mike Nickeas caught the entire game. A few times, I noticed that he had some issues tossing the ball back to the pitcher. Hopefully this isn’t the start of Mackey Sasser -like yips.
The Marlins were 0-for-10 with RISP. Remember when the Mets used to do that?
Four wins in a row, folks … ride the wave while it lasts …
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Marlins do it again at 7:10 PM at Citi Field on Tuesday evening. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Javier Vazquez.