After being swept in their first two double-headers this year, the Mets came up with a sweep of their own behind a 5-1 win against the free falling Marlins, who have just six wins this month. Gee bounced back nicely from his disaster against Philly, following up very strong outings by Cap and Dickey with his own 6 inning, 1 earned performance. Gee struck out 6 and walked just two in the process of notching his 12th win of the year, making him the first Mets rookie to 12 wins since Ron Darling in 1984. For the Marlins, the ever volatile Ricky Nolasco gave up 4 earned in 6.2 innings and has now surrendered 9 hits or more in 6 of his last 8 starts (I should know, he’s on my fantasy team).
On the offensive side of the ball, the Mets put up 5 runs thanks in large part to Wright, who went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Reyes returned to the lineup for this second game and went 1-for-4 with a bloop single and a run scored. Without getting too hung up on the fact he saw just 10 pitches in 4 plate appearances, it was nice to just see him back out there. His hammy didn’t seem to be a problem as he went all out for a pop up that was just out of his reach but followed it up with a very nice play to get the speedy Bonifacio out at first later on. Reyes now leads Ryan Braun by just 2 points in the race for the batting title and needs to log just 36 more plate appearances for the necessary 502 to qualify. He’s trying to become the first Met ever to win a batting title. How fitting that, even if he does, it would be in only about three quarters of a season. Reyes’ potential replacement next year, Ruben Tejada, got the ball rolling for the Mets with his first career triple in the fourth inning.
The bullpen looked sharp as Acosta got 3 of his 4 outs via strikeout and Parnell came in to close out the game in the 9th. I thought it was interesting to see Parnell used twice in one day, especially when this wasn’t a save situation, but it certainly seems to signal Terry trying to get him as much work as possible.
The Mets are now 64-68 and will rely on infuriatinly-average-Pelfrey tonight as they go for their 5th consecutive win in their attempt to get back to .500 on the year.