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Mets Win Series in Pittsburgh

The Mets played the final game of their road trip today with a 3-1 victory in Pittsburgh over the Pirates. They finished the road trip at 3-3 losing two in Toronto to begin the trip. They should have swept the Pirates but they blew a 4-0 lead with Johan Santana on the mound Monday night.

Jon Niese pitched very well today going 7.2 innings allowing just the one run. Bobby Parnell came in with two runners on in the eighth inning and struck out Andrew McCutchen. Frank Francisco pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. Francisco now has retired nine batters in a row.

With the win, the Mets improve to 24-20 on the season which is pretty remarkable considering they’ve gotten no production out of Ike Davis. It seems inevitable now that Davis will be sent down to the minors as he is hitting around .150 for the season.

The Mets now head home for an 11 game homestand against the Padres, Phillies and Cardinals.
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Mets Drop Two of Three over the Weekend

It wasn’t a very good weekend for the Mets as they dropped two out of three games in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Jon Niese only pitched three innings on Friday night giving up four homeruns in a blowout victory by the Jays. Niese is now 2-2 on the season with a 4.85 ERA.

David Wright got the day off on Saturday and the Mets offense took the day off as well. The Mets were shutout 2-0 on Saturday. The offense only managed three hits off Toronto starter Brandon Morrow who went all nine innings. The only highlight of the game was the relief effort by Jeremy Hefner was who just called up from AAA. Hefner only gave up two runs in his five innings of relief.

The Mets were able to salvage the series with a 6-5 victory yesterday. Dillon Gee went 6.2 innings for the win giving up five hits and three runs. The Mets bullpen made the game interesting with Bobby Parnell giving up two runs in the eighth inning. Frank Francisco allowed the first two Jays to reach in the ninth inning before striking out the side to earn his tenth save of the season. Mike Baxter had a big day at the plate falling a homerun short of the cycle. Baxter is now hitting .390 for the season.

The Mets start a three game series tonight in Pittsburgh against the Pirates with Johan Santana on the mound against Eric Bedard.
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NL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/23/11

We'll finish up with the best and worst pitching the National League produced this week. The Cardinals make another appearance and we check in on this week's most impressive performance of futility.

While the Cardinal's recent turnaround has had a lot to do with their offensive surge, the pitching has also played its part. Chris Carpenter and Kyle McClellan have performed well for the club, but another starter is this week's NL pitcher of the week. Kyle Lohse won twice this week, going 16.1 innings and allowing only 2 ERs. Lohse gave up a mere 8 hits while striking out 12 over this span. Lohse has given the Cards at least 7 innings in his 4 starts so far this year. He gave up 4 ER in his debut against the Pirates, but since then over his last 3 starts he has only given up a combined 3 ERs. Lohse and St. Louis look to continue their winning ways against their NL Central rivals the Cincinnati Reds this weekend.

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Lohse has gone at least 7 innings in each of his starts

There's not too much to say for this week's NL pitching dud, the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. James McDonald of the Pittsburgh Pirates had an ugly week. He started two games and only lasted a combined 7.1 innings. Over those painful innings, McDonald allowed 15 hits and 5 walks, resulting in 14 ERs and a whopping 17.18 ERA. McDonald came into the week sporting an ERA of 5.56 and was able to nearly double that number, moving his mark up to the danger zone of double digits, 10.13. The former top prospect has shown glimpses in the past, but may find his true calling is coming out of the pen. With such a ridiculous ERA, even the Pirates have to be searching for alternatives.

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McDonald has posted an ugly 10.13 ERA this season

There's the best and worst of baseball this week. Some were amazing, some just downright ugly. Check back in to find out who makes the cut and who just deserves to be cut next week.
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Performance Pitching

Monday brought its share of dominant pitching performances. Yesterday alone, seven pitchers went at least 7 innings and gave up no more than 1 earned run. This stat isn't even including the Pirate's Kevin Correia who threw a complete game against the Reds, only surrendering 2 earned runs.

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Red Sox find hope in Monday's outing

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