Giants 7 – Mets 6 May 3, 2011

Carlos Beltran
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The Mets and Giants went back and forth exchanging the lead throughout the game. R.A. Dickey wasn’t very sharp at all again. He went 6 innings and gave up 6 runs. He hasn’t looked like the guy that was unstoppable last season.

The Mets had some good offense going tonight with 11 hits and leaving 11 runners on base. They put up 6 runs, which should be enough to win most games. Jose Reyes and Josh Thole both had 3 hits. And Carlos Beltran had a big 3-run homer down the line in right field in the first inning. At that point I was thinking things were looking good for the Mets. But Dickey couldn’t hold it.

Taylor Buchholz gave up a solo shot in the tenth inning to Aubrey Huff to lose the game. The other story line to mention was Thole having trouble getting his glove on the ball. He had a throwing error but just holding onto the ball was a struggle for him. It isn’t easy with a knuckleballer on the mound but he has some work to do.

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Mets 6 – Nationals 3 April 27, 2011

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The Mets won the series with tonight’s exciting late inning finish. R.A. Dickey was really solid going 6.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He gave up 8 hits and 1 walk so he was working around trouble frequently. But it was a good sign that he kept the walks to a minimum tonight.

The excitement started in the eighth inning when Daniel Murphy hit a pinch hit solo shot to tie the game at 2-2. Then the Mets had some sloppy fielding by Murphy, who stayed in the game at second base, and by Josh Thole allowing a passed ball. Those two miscues allowed the Nats to score a run on Wilson Ramos’ sac fly.

In the ninth, the Mets scored 4 runs highlighted by Murphy’s 2-run double. It was an exciting finish and showed that the Mets won’t roll over late in the game when they’re down.

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Mets 6 – Nationals 4 April 26, 2011

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The Mets won their fifth game in a row on their first game of a road trip to DC. Chris Young came back from the disabled list to somewhat of a shaky start. He only got through 4.2 innings allowing 3 solo home runs including two of those to Wilson Ramos. Young only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks but started getting pretty wild in the fifth inning. It was definitely time for him to get pulled.

The Mets offense was particularly impressive in scoring their 6 runs in four different innings. They had 12 hits and 1 walk in the game and kept stringing hits together. There was a big surprise in the second inning when Young laid down a safety squeeze scoring Ike Davis. I was so surprised that I thought it might have been a busted play with Davis making an unplanned dash for home.

Davis had 3 more hits in the game including a double to raise his average to .338 and Josh Thole put up 3 RBI’s in the game to lead the offense.

The streaking Mets go for the series win tomorrow night in DC.

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Astros 4 – Mets 3 April 20, 2011

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The Mets are finding new and interesting ways to lose games at this point with their seventh straight home loss. R.A. Dickey pitched a really good game until he gave up the go-ahead solo home run to Hunter Pence in the eighth inning. His final line is 8 IP and 4 runs. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth so at least K-Rod didn’t get another game finished toward his vesting option for 2012.

The Mets had some great offense going with 12 hits. Jose Reyes had 4 hits and Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy had 3 hits apiece. Murphy had a dramatic home run in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3. But the Mets couldn’t take the lead.

Angel Pagan got thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth and would have tied the game at 4-4. Reyes led off the ninth with a hit and Josh Thole popped up a bunt and Reyes was doubled off first base to, effectively, end the game. It was a new way to lose and I’m sure we’ll see many more ways to lose this season.

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Mets 3 – Braves 2 April 17, 2011

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The Mets finally broke the seven game losing streak today and played this game like it was the seventh game of the World Series. It was all hands on deck as Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey even got into the action. I love the way Terry Collins played it. He wasn’t waiting around for someone to make plays or thinking it was still too early in the season to worry about a losing streak. He knew that he had to shorten the bench and get a win.

The lineup had a minor shuffle with Josh Thole hitting second and Angel Pagan moving down to sixth. Thole came through 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and looked very comfortable letting Jose Reyes do his thing on the bases.

Dillon Gee had an excellent spot start picking up right where he left off at the end of last season. He went 5.2 IP allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks. That’s a really solid start.

I wish the Mets would give him more serious consideration for the big league roster. Capuano hasn’t shown much and Gee has been so consistent at this level. I hope he gets a real shot soon in this rotation.

The Mets come home to an off day tomorrow and the Astros in town this week.

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Nationals 6 – Mets 2 April 8, 2011

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The lowly Nationals ruined the Mets home opener by a score of 6-2. R.A. Dickey had one of his worst starts as a Met, fighting through a broken nail on his pitching hand. The game was announced as a sell out despite the empty seats and availability of tickets online as late as last night when I last checked.

The Mets offense couldn’t come through in the clutch leaving 7 runners on base including 3 by Angel Pagan. The team, as a whole, only scrounged up 7 hits and 2 walks in the game.

The home opener was a major disappointment. Nearly as disappointing as Tim Byrdak and his 10.80 ERA who allowed the Nationals to get a rally going in the eighth. Bobby Parnell came in and threw gas on the fire. The bullpen could be a sore spot for this team.

R.A. Dickey post-game

Josh Thole post-game

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Video: Mets Terry Collins on First Road Trip of 2011

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Mets manager Terry Collins reflects on the first road trip of the 2011 season. He’s talking to reporters after the Mets took an 11-0 beating from Roy Halladay and the Phillies. The Mets finished the road trip at 3-3 and showed some signs of life at times during the trip.

But the Mets also had two complete stinkers from Mike Pelfrey on the trip. Pelf also indicated that he didn’t like the pitch selection from Josh Thole in his second start in which Pelf couldn’t make it to the third inning. I also find it interesting when pitchers get rocked and blame it on the catcher. It doesn’t make any sense. If there’s any communication, that shouldn’t happen. Not to mention the fact that Pelf could have shaken him off at any time.

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