The Mets beat the Marlins today in Miami by the score of 9-3.
Why the Mets won:
Hitting. Hitting. Hitting. The Mets put on a show at the plate today, pounding out 16 hits against the Marlins pitching staff. Eight of nine starters had a hit and three had at least three hits.
Why the Marlins lost:
Ricky Nolasco was not sharp at all today. He looked awful in the first inning, throwing 25 pitches. He was pulled after 4.2 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. He also walked three batters.
Points of discussion:
- David Wright had a great day at the plate as well as in the field. He went 4-6 and made some flashy plays at third as well. He hit a solo home run off Ricky Nolasco in the third inning and finished with three RBI. He has just been so good this year, leading the NL in batting and really making a case for a contract extension.
- R.A. Dickey was decent, allowing two runs on nine hits over six innings. He was hit by a pitch on his wrist, but stayed in the game. UPDATE: According to Andy McCullough, Dickey will not have an X-Ray on his right wrist.
- The Mets bullpen was much better today, allowing only one run in three innings. Manny Acosta gave up one run on two hits, getting the first two outs in the seventh. Besides that, however, Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, and D.J. Carrasco pieced together a decent performance, holding the MArlins scoreless the rest of the game.
- Lucas Duda had a nice day, going 3-6 with two doubles. He seems to be bouncing back, unlike Ike Davis. Ike was 0-5 today, including three strikeouts. I’m starting to worry about him now.
- Lastly, Daniel Murphy had a productive day. He went 3-4, along with a walk. The one thing the FOX broadcast team got right today was their praise of him. He really is a pure hitter with a bright future. Daniel’s batting average is now at .321.
The Mets and Marlins play a rubber game tomorrow, with Jon Niese facing off against Carlos Zambrano.