Who would have thought with Reyes playing how he is this season, I would have to write an article called, “The Mets have a Shortstop Issue.” The only thing is, I was in shock that Nick Evans was called up when Reyes was put on the DL. The Mets only have 1 shortstop on the Roster, Tejada. I was ok with that when it was just a few days that Reyes would be out, but now when he needs 3 weeks to be healed, there is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, Tejada is a great player but, he also has to play every single game at short until Reyes comes back and if he is injured, they have no replacement. The logical emergency shortstops are Turner, Harris, and Murphy. Turner, I believe, is way too big and slow to be a shortstop, Harris can play 3rd but he is an outfielder by trade, and Murphy can barely play 3rd, 2nd, and 1st so a position that he has never played before is out of the picture. I am worried with Tejada playing out there every day and personally, I think the Mets need to send Evans down, and get someone who can play short, offense is not an issue here, just defensive backup.
Dillon Gee went 5 2/3 innings and let up 5 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts.
Ruben Tejada went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and his first stolen base of the season.
Daniel Murphy had 2 hits.
Dillon Gee had control issues tonight. He didn’t have anything with the walks, but he threw 4 wild pitches tonight. I would be shocked if he had thrown 4 all year. His curveball looked like he could not control it. Good work though 5 today though, everything fell apart in the 6th inning.
Ruben Tejada did a real gutsy thing today and stole third down 6 with 2 outs. He made it safely, but you can’t steal 3rd down by 6. You never want to make the first or third out of an inning at third base. It is something he has to learn and I’m sure TC will talk to him about it.
Murphy has been a hits machine since he has had a full time starting job. I really like what he has done this year.
Jon Niese pitched 7 strong innings letting up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 6 Dodgers. He only walked 1 on the night.
Ruben Tejada hit a 2 run double off Kuroda which proved to be the winning run for the Mets.
Lucas Duda had 2 hits including an RBI double.
Jon Niese was great tonight. He kept hitters off balance with his curve and cutter and was impeccable with his control. He is a great left handed pitcher.
Carlos Beltran is now the NL leader in doubles. One of my good friends who is a Phillies fan was arguing that Victorino deserved it more than Beltran. That one stat proves Beltran is an all-star.
Bobby Parnell has some of the dirtiest stuff in the national league. He throws 100MPH fastballs and throws a slider at 90-92 with great movement. If he gains control over all of his pitches, he can be a dominant reliever.
If Ruben Tejada can hit at all in the big leagues, he will be a great everyday starter.
Jon Niese started and went 7 2/3 innings letting up 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, and 8 strikeouts.
Ruben Tejada had 2 hits including an RBI single.
Angel Pagan had 2 hits, an RBI single and a Triple.
Beltran and Turner had 2 hits each.
Murphy and Pridie had a hit and RBI each.
K-Rod got a 4 out save, striking out 2.
Jon Niese was great tonight tying his career high in strikeouts, working efficiently, and getting out of jams. His only problem was the 4 walks tonight and the RBI double by Fielder. He threw a career high in curveballs which was the key to his success tonight.
It’s kinda funny that Jose Reyes was the only hitless Met position player tonight.
The Mets are winning during this power outage because of key hitting, stealing bases, and their starting pitching. Entering the game since May 20th the Mets are 1st in batting average and 3rd in average with RISP. Homers mean nothing, runs do.
Ruben Tejada looks like a different hitter from last year, he is no longer overmatched at the plate and is showing that he could take the starting 2nd base spot when Wright and Ike return.
The Mets took 2 of 3 from the team with the best home record in baseball…now that is a statement.
Chris Capuano went 6 great innings, gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts.
Justin Turner went 4 for 5 with an RBI.
Reyes, Beltran, and Paulino had 2 hits each.
Angel Pagan made his return tonight and had a 2 hit game.
Izzy gave up a run in the 8th and K-Rod gave up 3 in the 9th.
Ruben Tejada went 0 f0r 3 with 16 pitch walk.
Capuano was spectacular again tonight holding the Phillies to 1 earned run while striking out 8 men in just 6 innings. He only threw 77 pitches but was pinch hit for in the middle of a rally.
The at-bat by Tejada was amazing. 16 pitches and drawing the walk is just the type of pesky hitter that he needs to be. I am very happy with his production so far.
The Mets made some amazing diving catches in the outfield today, but also botched a few balls. One was an error by Beltran and one was a ball that Murphy should have caught at first, but it got by him.
Justin Turner is a great hitter so far. I don’t know how you can take both him and Tejada out of the lineup once Wright returns. That is going to be a tough choice to make.
Angel Pagan looked like the man from 2010 today getting 2 hits in 4 at-bats. He needs to be back to that form for this team to be succesful.