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Mets Game 155: Win Over Phillies

Mets 7 Phillies 3

Too bad Chase Utley couldn’t slide into a Mets infielder back in April.

Game Notes

As manager Jerry Manuel astutely pointed out in the postgame interview, Carlos Beltran is finally hitting his stride. Beltran was spectacular on both sides of the ball, enjoying his best performance of the year. Beltran hit two homers — one from each side — drove in 3 runs, scored twice, and made a spectacular diving grab in centerfield to rob Ross Gload of an extra-base hit and save at least one run from scoring. The Mets will be sure to send a videotape of this game to other teams when they shop him this winter for prospects.

Beltran gets the game ball, but Nick Evans also had a nice day. Like Beltran, Evans also made a sliding catch in the outfield, and also went 3-for-5. He drove in two and scored once, lashing a double.

David Wright hit his 26th homerun of the season. Seemed like only a week ago he was stuck around 18 … time flies I guess.

Pat Misch had a rough start, allowing 8 baserunners and 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings. However, the remainder of the the Mets moundsmen shut out the Phillies from there, with Manny Acosta picking up his third victory of the season.

The Mets offense beat up on Cole Hamels, which was surprising considering that Hamels has looked like Sandy Koufax of late. Hamels left the ballgame after allowing 5 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in four frames.

Seriously, where was this all-out effort 4-5 months ago? A year ago? Two years ago? Maybe the Mets finally are getting on board with Jerry Manuel’s philosophy of playing hard every time out, in which case I recommend they pick up Manuel’s option and extend his contract another three years.

Yeah right.

By winning, the Mets kept the Phillies from clinching the NL East crown. However, the Braves lost to the Nationals, so the Phillies are guaranteed of at least a tie for first place.

Off topic: The Phillies sold out all 81 games at CBP in 2010, and have sold out 123 consecutive games. They set a franchise record this year with a total attendance of 3,647,249.

Next Mets Game

The Mets return to The Field at Shea Bridge to host the Brewers in Flushing at 7:10 PM on Monday night. Mike Pelfrey faces Dave Bush. More importantly, the Mets will also host their canine friends, as it is “Bark in the Park“. Tickets for barkers can be purchased by visiting mets.com/dogs.


Mets Game 144: Win Over Pirates

Mets 1 Pirates 0

Those who had the patience to sit through a rain delay and almost ten innings of scoreless, scintillating baseball were rewarded with a win by the home team.

Ruben Tejada ripped a one-out double off reliever Chan Ho Park and pinch-hitter Nick Evans followed by stroking the Mets’ seventh hit of the damp night to drive home Tejada with the winning run, giving the team their 71st victory and Hisanori Takahashi his ninth win of the year.

Game Notes

In his second MLB start, Dillon Gee once again impressed, shutting out the Bucs through 6 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3 and expending 106 pitches.

Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano each tossed a scoreless frame apiece, and Takahashi held off the Pirates for two more.

In a postgame interview,Nick Evans repeatedly referred to himself as a “bench player”. I know that he IS a bench player, but it’s uncomfortable listening to him talk about himself in such a way. I mean, the kid is only 24, and it sounds like he’s resigned himself to being a part-time player. It’s kind of sad.

As a team, the Mets had only 34 plate appearances in the 10 innings and saw only 122 pitches. The pitch count wouldn’t have been that high had it not been for the patience of Ike Davis, who led the team by seeing 24 pitches yet didn’t draw a walk. Josh Thole saw 17 pitches and no other Mets saw more than 13. Note: James McDonald is NOT Roy Halladay.

Inexplicably, Jerry Manuel instructed Jose Reyes to sacrifice bunt with no outs and Dillon Gee on second base in the third inning. Even my wife wondered what the hell that was all about, and she’s usually quite . If that wasn’t prime evidence that someone else could have done a better job managing the Mets during the past 2 1/2 years, I don’t know what is.

With this win, the Mets improve their record at the Field at Shea Bridge to 41-27; the Pirates drop their road recrod to a dismal 15-56. Can you imagine? Winning only FIFTEEN games on the road through 71 games? Yikes!

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Pirates do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. R.A. Dickey faces Zach Duke.


Mets Game 140: Win Over Nationals

Mets 3 Nationals 2

Wow! Two wins in a row! And, a series win!

It is very encouraging to see that the Buffalo Bisons can beat the Washington Nationals, when they have a couple of “ringers” in the lineup. Even more encouraging when the performance of those ringers is not necessary to win the game.

Game Notes

As has often been the case in games he’s started this season, R.A. Dickey was the story. Dickey went 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks. His ability to avoid walks is incredible for a knuckleballer, but then, nothing about R.A. has been normal this year. It’s simply a joy to sit back and watch this Cinderella story continue.

Kudos to the Mets bullpen for finishing up the last three innings; it took only four pitchers to cover those frames. Hisanori Takahashi earned his fifth save, which is good not only for the Mets but also for my fantasy team.

Hard to pinpoint an offensive star in this game. Dickey was one of two Mets to collect more than one hit — he was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Luis Hernandez was the other, going 2-for-4 with an RBI; he is beginning to make people forget Argenis Reyes. Carlos Beltran drove in a run with a sac fly, and Nick Evans hit a pinch-hit RBI double to drive home the go-ahead third run for the Mets in the seventh.

There are only 22 games left, and the Mets are a solid 9 games ahead of the Nationals in the standings, so I believe their stronghold on fourth place is safe. Though, you never know …

Next Mets Game

Thursday is a travel day, and the Mets return home to Flushing on Friday to host the Phillies. Jenrry Mejia takes the ball against Roy Halladay. Game time is 7:10 PM.


FOUND: Nick Evans

nick-evans-swingA year ago Daniel Murphy had a partner in crime — a righthanded-hitting version of an infielder-turned-outfielder with a simlarly promising bat, questionable glove, hustling approach, and fresh off a hitting streak in AA. The two rookies gave the team a mild spark at the tail end of the season, with Murphy’s Wade Boggs imitation overshadowing the lesser but still promising performance of his B-Mets teammate. There was much excitement surrounding the two young men, as they exemplified the best of the fruits sown from the farm known as the Mets minor league system — a system that was gravely underestimated by the pundits (according to Farmer Minaya).

It’s OK if you don’t remember the name of Murphy’s sidekick, as it’s a simple, common, unassuming name — one that sounds like it came out of a Hardy Boys mystery or a Hemingway novel. If you forget his name, don’t fret — it appears his own manager forgot it as well, since he hasn’t written it onto a lineup card for the last three weeks.

It turns out that the young man was forgotten, but not gone. Despite rumors to the contrary, Nick Evans has been with the Mets this entire time. But he hasn’t been seen in ballgames because in addition to his manager forgetting his name,


Josh Thole Promoted

josh-tholeWith the rosters expanding to 40 tomorrow, the Mets have announced the promotion of catcher Josh Thole from AA Binghamton.

According to MetsBlog, Thole will wear uniform #30.

Nick Evans is expected to get a callup as well, though it has yet to be announced. The Buffalo Bisons are not exactly brimming with talent, and still have games to play, so more players will trickle in to Flushing over the next two weeks.


Mets May Acquire Dan Murphy Clone


If the Mets had access to stem cell technology, they’d likely have a team of scientists working feverishly in the lab on a Daniel Murphy clone. After all, the businesslike young man has been a fan favorite, is home-grown, and — most importantly — has remained healthy all season.

But of course, there is no stem cell lab at Citi Field, and the Mets’ Latin American scouting syndicate does not extend into Brazil, so cloning is not an option. However, they may have accomplished the next-best thing.

Several reports suggest that one of the two “players to be named later” in the Billy Wagner deal is a lefthanded-hitting outfielder / first baseman named