3 Standout Performances:
- R.A. Dickey was phenomenal going 8 innings, letting up 3 hits, 1 run, and struck out 9 Athletics.
- K-Rod blew the save in the 9th for his 3rd of the year and his 2nd in a row.
- Justin Turner had a clutch go-ahead RBI single and a walk-off Hit by pitch.
Dickey had so much movement tonight and honestly had no-hit stuff. His Knuckler was moving so well. He made one mistake to Suzuki that was a homer and Hairston lost the other ball in the lights. Too bad that K-Rod blew the save for him.
Turner finds new ways to drive in runs every night. Tonight he drove in a run on a HBP and he is the Mets most clutch player so far this year.
Bay regressed again, so I don’t know when he will return to his old form.
The Mets bullpen (besides K-Rod) was so good tonight not giving up a run over 4 innings and striking out 5.
They had the strikeout pitch going tonight striking out 16 Athletics.
Grade for the Game: B+
By the Numbers:
- Dickey pitched 8 strong innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3 Braves.
- Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI.
- Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3 with a walk.
- Beltran hit an RBI double and left the game early after fouling a ball off his shin.
- Pagan, Tejada, and Turner had RBI singles.
- Acosta gave up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning and K-rod gave up 1 in the final 2/3.
Dickey was great today with his second great start in a row. His knuckler was great as it fooled the Braves hitters all night. It looks like he is back to himself again. I wish he could have gone 9, but I guess his pitch limit was over.
Jose Reyes is starting to defy words. He is just amazing. He could be buying his way into a Mets uniform for years to come.
The offense was great without Bay tonight. Even with Murphy as a cleanup hitter they can still produce without home runs. 4 of the starting 9 tonight are hitting above .300.
The bullpen is awful. Simply put, it needs help and alot of it.
Grade for the Game: B
First off, sorry for the lack of posting this weekend, if you followed my twitter, you would know that I was very busy all weekend. Anyways, back to baseball, Daniel Murphy walked today, I know amazing right? Actually it was weird because he walked on ball 3. After a pick off was thrown away, Murphy fouled off one 2-2 pitch and then took ball 3 and promptly flipped his bat into the dugout and walked to first base. He thought it was ball 4 and apparently so did the Astros’ Manager and all the umpires. It was the first time I’d seen it happen, but with a little research I learned it did happen more than once. Former Red Sox player Coco Crisp walked on ball 3 against the Orioles. This walk was more significant however because on the very next pitch Justin Turner blasted a 3-run homer into left to add to the lead. This might have been the strangest play this year.
Here is a news story on the Gyroball I found interesting. What do you think? Is it real?