Gary coined the phrase but I think I like it. In machine like fashion the Mets continue to pound hit after hit, get ahead of teams early and hold them off for the win. The offense seems to have completely bought in to the new Mets philosophy and HR or no HR gets it done.
Tonight’s 12 hit attack featured a hit from every starter but Duda who was 0/3 but did manage an odd sacfly and a run scored after reaching on an error. 7 different Mets players would cross the plate for their 8 runs as well as 7 different players would log a RBI. Paulino would be the offensive star going 3/4 with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jason Bay was right behind him going 2/4 with a double, run and RBI.
On the mound tonight for the Mets Dillon Gee won his 10th game as a rookie. While he was not sharp he was able to work 2 outs into the 7th inning. Gee left with 6 2/3 innings of 2 ER (3 total) ball but with 4 walks. Things did get interesting for the Mets from there. Iggy closed out the 7th inning leaving the Mets with a safe 8-3 lead. Into the equation comes Bobby Parnell. Parnell got Jayson Werth to strike out to start the inning but then gave up 3 singles in a row to plate one run. Parnell was pulled for last series’ star Tim Byrdak who contributed another 2 straight singles miraculously only scoring one run. With the bases loaded and one out the magic string puller Collins brought in DJ Carrasco in an “unfamiliar” role. Needing strikeouts DJ did just that, striking out Espinosa and a hot Ryan Zimmerman on 4 pitches. The 9th was smooth sailing for Izzy and his 5th save.
Side note, the Nats starting pitcher was none other than Mr. Wang himself. Coming back from injury Wang fared… terrible, giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning and allowing another 2 in the 4th. 4 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs. The good news for the Nats is that the ball was not accompanied to the plate by his shoulder.
One more side note, the Mets moved to 4 games over .500 for the first time this season. How much of a tribute is this to Sandy, Terry and the Mets coaching staff? Decimated again by injury, dealing with Wilpon junk, trade rumors, loosing two big names and the “Little Met Machine” continues to turn.
Tomorrow the 55-51 Mets will face the 49-56 Nats for a 7:05 game featuring RA Dickey vs. Jason Marquis (if Marquis has not been traded by tomorrow night). For a preview of that game go here.