R.A. Dickey was masterful and the bottom of the order gave him the offensive support he needed, giving the Mets a 2-1 win in today's first game over the Marlins.
The Good Stuff:
- Anything Chris Capuano can do, R.A. Dickey can do as well. The grizzled knuckleballer earned his first win in a month with 7 innings of scoreless, 7-hit ball, walking one and striking out 6. Dickey's been pitching well his last few starts, and today's scoreless effort was a culmination of that success, finally highlighted by a W.
- R.A.'s problem since his last win had been run support, which was little and far apart. Not so much today, however; the bats gave just what they needed. Justin Turner drove in the first run in the 2nd on a single that scored Nick Evans. In the 3rd, Josh Thole grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, scoring a second New York run.
- Once Dickey left the game, the bullpen did its best to bring it all home. Jason Isringhausen struck out the side in the 8th, and Bobby Parnell picked up his 2nd save, despite allowing a home run.
- Gabby Sanchez's solo dinger off Parnell ruined a second consecutive shutout. But even that wasn't such Bad Stuff when you think about it: Sanchez is typically a Met killer, but that was his only hit of the day. And it didn't even matter because there was no way he could have beaten us with one swing. Parnell may have bent, but he certainly didn't break, and the result is a good day in Flushing.
After equaling their worst mark of the season at 8 games under .500, the Amazin's have put together three straight Ws, and just in time for the return of the team's sparkplug. That's right: Jose Reyes makes his return to the lineup in the second game tonight. The team may be out of playoff contention and fighting just to make it back to .500, but Reyes gives Met fans one more thing to root for this season: the franchise's first ever batting title. Stay tuned, everybody.