Some would call it a voulture win but clearly mother nature iced the starters arm to the point that he could not get that last out, thats where middle relievers come in. Fernando Nieve got the last out that Niese could not after the rain delay and went another 2 innings of scoreless relief for the win. For someone who earned the title “Everyday Nieve”, Fernando has been used sparingly as of late. That is a product most likely of our pitching doing their job and because they are, Nieve is in a role that made him so reliable to start the year.
The mini-Beltran was on full throttle on Tuesday night. Pagan came a homer shy of hitting for the cycle on Tuesday night. He went 4-6 with 4 RBI’s. What makes a guy like Pagan so invaluable is not only has he broke out in the way he has this season, he is the definition of a team player:
â€œWhatâ€™s in my mind is to help the team as much as I can and to protect Carlosâ€™ spot; thatâ€™s a big responsibility,â€ he said.
Angel Pagan has been nothing short of awesome this year, we can only hope it continues.
Jose Reyes going 3-6 with an RBI, 3 runs and a stolen base
David Wright for going 3-3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s
Ike Davis for going 3-6 with 3 RBI
Ryota Igarashi and Bobby Parnell for 2 scoreless innings of relief
What more can be said of R.A. Dickey that has not already been said. The man is 6-0, gave up 4 hits, 2 walks and if not for our stupid manager…a complete game. The Tigers could not capitalize on any offensive attack they tried to mount on Dickey. R.A. made every pitch count and it seems that every strike out was in a crucial situation.
â€œEarly in the game, he was leaving the knuckler up a little bit, but when he keeps it down, heâ€™s very successful,â€ Tigers leadoff hitter Johnny Damon said. â€œHis knuckleball is almost as hard as his fastball, so he throws kind of a changeup knuckler, also.â€
I personally love what Dickey bring to the rotation. Its a differnt look that makes the overall rotation that much more formidable. How long he can keep this up is something that nobody knows but one thing that we have seen so far that bodes well for a positive answer to that question is his ability to fight. Something that you just cant put a stat on.
How nice it is to have a front row seat while watching a player return to their all star form. Jose Reyes went 3-4 with a home run and an RBI. Dont look now but Reyes is getting close to .300. Not only that, he has 50 runs to this point and has 6 home runs. Needless to say, Jose Reyes is back to being Jose Reyes…a sight for sore eyes.
Ike Davis went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s
David Wright going 1-3 with an RBI
David Wright went 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs. 2009 was a season to forget for Wright but one of the silver linings of the seasons was the potential for it to be a stepping stone for him regarding leadership. Wright is on pace for 30 hrs and over 100 RBI’s…id say lesson learned.
Jose Reyes for going 2-3 with an RBI
Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano for scoreless innings of relief
Francisco Rodriguez for his 17th save of the year
Showing that when mother nature has a good day, Niese can have a good day. Niese went 6 innings with 5 strike outs. Niese had everything going for him today. He threw alot more curve balls than he usually does and it kept the Twins off balance the whole day. He kept a Twins lineup of 7 right hand hitters to four hits on a very humid summer day in New York City. Niese improved to 4-0 on a refreshing outing that made the day much more bearable and improving the Mets record to 3-8 in rubber games.
Oh yea, Jeff Francoeur was on fire today. Frenchy was in a pretty bad slump that saw him go 3-22. Not only was he slumping, he made a horrible decision early in this game by making the last out at 3rd base. Frenchy made up for that and more with a deep two run homer that put the Mets on the board and finished the day going 3-4. The Mets need Frenchy to step up his game now more than ever with Angel Pagan hurting on the bench, hopefully this game helps Jeff turn the corner.
David Wright who also hit a 2 run homer and finished 3-4
Ike David who hit an absolute bomb to Shea Bridge and finished 2-4
Jesus Feliciano who went 3-5
Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Bobby Parnell for throwing 3 innings of scoreless relief