Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Game #96: Mets 4, Cardinals 2

Jose Reyes showed his hamstring was fully functional as he jumped over the Cardinals's John Jay in the eighth inning. Reyes had two singles and a run scored in his return from the disabled list. (NYTimes.com)
Jason Isringhausen's gonna party like it's 1999.

Two-run doubles by Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy gave Dillon Gee the run support he needed, and Izzy closed out his first Met save in 12 years, giving New York a much-needed 4-2 win over the Cardinals.

The Good Stuff:
  • Welcome back, boys. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran reminded Mets fans of what they were missing, making seamless transitions back into the starting lineup.
    • Reyes went 2-5, scored a run, and started two Albert Pujols double plays, the second of which ended a bases-loaded threat in the top of the 8th.
    • Beltran got on base all five times he came to the plate, hitting two doubles and a single and drawing two walks. He scored a run too.
  • Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Angel Pagan laced a double to the wall in right, plating Reyes and Justin Turner and giving New York a lead they would not relinquish.
  • In the very next inning, with Turner and Beltran on and two out, Daniel Murphy provided some deja-vu, hacking a double to the wall in right center to score both runs. Murph's clutch hitting reinforced the Mets' NL lead in two-out RBIs.
  • The four runs were enough for Dillon Gee, who looked like the Gee of old by holding St. Louis to 2 runs on 3 hits over 7 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out 2 for his 9th win of the year. The only major mistake he made was in the 7th inning when Lance Berkman absolutely crushed a 3-2 changeup to the Shea Bridge. The Cards had no runners on though, so no biggie.
  • After Bobby Parnell got out of that bases-loaded jam in the 8th, Jason Isringhausen gave New York their first save post-K-Rod with a 1-2-3 9th. It was Izzy's first save with the Mets since 1999.
The Bad Stuff:
  • The Mets racked out 14 hits on the night but only plated 4 runs. New York only hit 2-13 with RISP and stranded 13. Yes, we didn't need them tonight, but a safety net would have been nice.
Final Analysis:
Now that's more like it. With their All-Stars back on the field and their ace of a month and a half back into prime form, the Mets showed a true contender what they're really capable of. The result? A happy ending and a nice trip home for the 35,448 who came out to Citi Field.


P.S. Congrats to Josh Thole and his wife, who celebrated the birth of their first child.


  1. Hope Alderson does not pull the trigger, and gives these mets a chance to make an amazing run.

  2. I hope not too, but with the two best teams in the NL this year in our division it's a huge longshot. We'd need a 2002 Oakland A's-type run (20-game winning streak), and even then we might not catch Philly & Atlanta.