Saturday, May 12, 2012

Game #33: Mets 9, Marlins 3

David Wright collects four more hits, including a homer in the third inning, to pace the NY Mets offense. (
On a bounce back afternoon, New York went with "superball," while Miami was the dead cat at Marlins Park.

David Wright's home run highlighted a 4-hit day and R.A. Dickey turned in another quality start as the Mets topped the Marlins 9-3.

The Good Stuff:
  • The Mets bats got going from the very start against Ricky Nolasco: David Wright knocked in Andres Torres after a couple walks to put New York up 1-0 early. In the top of the 3rd, Wright blasted a solo shot to the opposite field to make it 2-1.
  • Up 3-1 in the 5th, the Mets pounded in 3 more runs when R.A. Dickey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Torres drove home 2 more 2 pitches later.
  • New York added 1 more run each in the 6th, 8th, and 9th. The top offensive numbers of the day belonged to:
    • David Wright (4-6, HR, 2 R, 3 RBIs - David's now batting .402 on the year)
    • Lucas Duda (3-6)
    • Daniel Murphy (3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI)
    • Andres Torres (1-3, 2 BBs, 1 R, 2 RBIs)
  • All that run support was more than enough for R.A. Dickey, who turned in a 6 inning, 2 run, 9 hit performance to go to 5-1 on the season. Aside from that one shelling in Atlanta, Dickey's been All-Star caliber in 2012; his 3.65 ERA definitely doesn't tell the whole story. I just hope Tony La Russa takes that into account when selecting his 2012 NL All Star team.
  • Bobby Parnell went 1-2-3 in the 8th and DJ Carrasco pitched a scoreless 9th to give the Mets their 6th win in 7 tries.
The Bad Stuff:
  • Ike Davis was the only Met position starter to go hitless in the 16-hit effort; he went 0-5 with 2 Ks, dropping back down to a .175 batting average on the year.
  • Manny Acosta didn't make it out of the 7th without allowing a run and a couple hits; perhaps it was just fatigue.
  • No one could get Jose Reyes out on the day; Jose went 4-5 with a run to bring his average up to a more respectable .256.
Final Analysis:
That's more like it! Great hitting, great pitching, decent bullpen work. What it means is a 19-14 record and assurance of a winning record on this NL East road trip. The Mets are playing great right now, and it's showing in the standings. Once Tejada and Thole get back from injuries, it's only gonna get better. It's a good time to be a Mets fan.


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