Well, for a “show me” game for John Maine…he definitely came up big. In what has been Maine’s best game by far this season, he went 6 innings with 9 punch outs over 102 pitches. Maine gave up 2 earned runs via a home run by Russell Martin in the 5th inning. Maine threw 94% fastballs this game which was his game plan for his past few starts and it worked well for him. Granted, the Dodgers are scuffling right now but good teams capitalize when they can and Maine did just that today.
This MUA goes to Angel Pagan, who hit a triple in the 2nd inning to score two runs and the Mets never looked back from there. Given the inconsistencies in Maine’s starts, it was crucial for the Mets to get a lead. That triple would be Angel’s only hit but considering the circumstances going into this game, it was huge. Angel is only hitting .233 but hopefully whatever is in the water that is making the Mets hit the cover off the ball starts working its magic on Angel.
Jeff Francoeur for knocking in 2 runs
Fernando Nieve who got 4 outs on 5 pitches