Mets 8 – Reds 2 July 27, 2011

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The Mets put a third straight beat down on the Reds after the announcement that Carlos Beltran was traded. Honestly, I was expecting a let down tonight but the Reds poor fielding and a big game from Mike Pelfrey kept that from happening. Pelf got a complete game and didn’t walk anyone. He looked smooth and in control throughout the game. It’s amazing that he can’t replicate that type of performance more frequently.

The Mets also got a huge game from David Wright going 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBI’s . Daniel Murphy also went 4 for 5 and Lucas Duda hit his second home run.

The Mets have the chance tomorrow for the rare four game road sweep in Cincy before leaving for Washington.

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Mets 8 – Reds 6 July 26, 2011

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The Mets won a strange game scoring 6 unearned runs off Johnny Cueto. That’s right, I wrote “unearned” runs. The Reds defense was completely asleep in the first half of the game. They were literally kicking the ball all over the field.

The Mets needed the help too because Jon Niese was pretty bad giving up 5 runs in 5 innings pitching back home in Ohio. He gave up 4 in the fifth inning and the capper was a 2-run homer by Joey Votto into the left field seats.

In addition to the errors, the Mets were hitting tonight with 12 hits and 3 walks in the game. The big game came from Daniel Murphy who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

The Mets bullpen gets the game ball though. They got through 4 innings while Ryota Igarashi allowed the only run. They didn’t have Jason Isringhausen or Bobby Parnell available so it was a mix and match job for Terry Collins. Tim Byrdak got the save. That tells you how much the bullpen was held together with duct tape and gum.

The Mets won the second straight game in Cincy and go again tomorrow afternoon in what’s supposed to be some scorching hot weather.

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Mets 4 – Reds 2 July 25, 2011

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What a game! R.A. Dickey pitched really well going 6.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He had 7 K’s and only 1 walk too. Although he gave up 8 hits, he was pretty sharp. It was one of his best starts of the season.

The Mets scored all 4 runs in the seventh inning when they strung several hits together. Even in a pronounced hitter’s park, they didn’t have any home runs tonight. But they did have a lot of traffic on the bases with 11 hits and 3 walks. Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay had the run scoring doubles in the seventh inning.

It was an exciting finish as Jason Isringhausen got a save the hard way. He loaded the bases. Although one runner was on by a David Wright error. Then Izzy struck out Brandon Phillips to end the game. It was a real thriller!

The Mets take the first game of the series in Cincy and go again tomorrow night.

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Reds 3 – Mets 1 July 7, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field in New York City on June 22, 2010.   UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom Mets lost the game and the series tonight despite another solid performance by Jon Niese. The problem was that Bronson Arroyo was better. Niese went 7.2 IP giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk. He also had 8 strikeouts but did give up 2 home runs.

The Mets offense did put together 8 hits and 1 walk but just couldn’t make it translate into runs. Once again, Angel Pagan had a big game with the bat. He was 2 for 4 with a solo homer in the first off Arroyo and that was all of the Mets scoring. Josh Thole was 2 for 3 also.

The Mets lose two out of three to the Reds and, unfortunately, the Braves won again tonight over the Phillies.

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Preview: Reds at Mets July 7, 2010

Cincinnati Reds (48-37) at New York Mets (46-37) 7:10 pm

Bronson Arroyo (8-4 4.25) vs Jon Niese (6-2 3.62)


What to watch: The Mets and Reds play the rubber game of the series tonight at Citi Field. Arroyo has generally been pitching well since the beginning of June. The Reds have won three of the last four games he started. In his last start against the Cubs he threw 6 shutout innings. The Mets have won six straight games that Niese started. In his last two starts he’s given up only 1 run over 13 innings.

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Preview: Reds at Mets July 6, 2010

Cincinnati Reds (48-36) at New York Mets (45-37) 7:10 pm

Undecided vs Johan Santana (5-5 3.41)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need to take the tonight’s game and tomorrow’s to win the series at home after losing the opener. Santana was excellent in his last start in Washington going 7 IP and allowing 1 run. He had four poor starts prior to that. Hopefully, he’s on the right track permanently. The Reds haven’t announced their starter yet after Aaron Harang couldn’t go yesterday and Travis Wood filled in for him.

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Reds 8 – Mets 6 July 5, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)’s game had three story lines. First, Mike Pelfrey has been shaky for several starts but he was just plain bad tonight. He gave up 7 runs in 4.2 IP. 9 hits and 4 walks killed him. Pelfrey takes the loss and his ERA is over 3 now. Certainly, he’s still having a good first half but the last month or so he’s been on a downward spiral.

Second, there was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long time that led to Jerry Manuel getting thrown out. In the top of the fifth, the Reds had the bases loaded with no outs against Pelfrey. Scott Rolen was called out by home plate ump Jerry Meals on a foul tip held by Rod Barajas. Rolen argued that the ball knicked his arm. The umpires conferred and changed the call to a hit by pitch. Manuel argued and got tossed. It was completely ridiculous that umpires 90-100 feet away would have a better view of a hit by pitch than the home plate ump.

Third, the Mets made a nice comeback in the bottom of the fifth scoring five to get the score to 7-6. The rally was highlighted by an Angel Pagan homer, David Wright triple, and Alex Cora 2 RBI double. Pagan had another nice game with 2 hits including the homer to get his average over .300. But it wasn’t enough to get back into the lead.

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