Monday, September 24, 2012

Game #153: Mets 6, Pirates 2

To the moon, Issac. To the moon.

Ike Davis's 29th and 30th home runs helped back Jenrry Mejia's 5 shutout innings as the Mets knocked off the Pirates 6-2 for their fourth straight win.

The Good Stuff:
  • With no score in the bottom of the 4th, David Wright led off with a walk. After working the count to 3-1, Ike Davis got a fastball from Kyle McPherson, which he deposited just over the wall in left center.
  • In the 5th, the Mets got two on with two out for Wright, who channeled his first-half self and singled home Josh Thole. Up came Davis looking to add some more. Oh, did he ever: Ike blasted a moon shot to right center to ice the game at 6-0. The double-dip gave Davis 30 home runs on the season and 88 RBIs, 3 ahead of Wright for the team lead.
  • All this was enough for Jenrry Mejia, who was uneconomical but effective in 5 innings of 4-hit, shutout ball, including 2 walks and 4 strikeouts, for his first big league win.
The Bad Stuff:
  • Jeurys Familia and Ramon Ramirez let in a run each in the 8th and 9th but the rest of the bullpen picked up the pace.
Final Analysis:
Can you imagine what kind of numbers Ike Davis would have if he didn't spend the first two and a half months on the interstate? Since June 9th he is hitting .267 with 24 home runs and 67 RBIs. I don't know what happened that night at Yankee Stadium, but whatever it was snapped Ike back into the kind of player Mets fans dreamed he would be. He goes on a run at the end of the season and he's got an outside shot at 100 RBIs. And New York wants this man? GOB, I think you share my feelings. Ike Davis is the future for the Mets at first base. Perhaps a future perennial All-Star. And his rejuvenation over this last part of the season is next to R.A. Dickey's Cy Young chase something to celebrate for Amazin' fans.


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