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Mets win ugly

The Mets won an ugly game last night against the Giants by a score of 2-1. Jon Niese pitched great allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings. The only run he gave up was a solo homerun by Buster Posey. Niese improved his record to 8-5 on the year.

The Mets took a quick 1-0 lead on the second pitch of the game when Ruben Tejada hit his second career homerun. It was his first homerun in over 600 at-bats. The Mets got their second run on an RBI groundout by Jordany Valdespin in the second inning.

Itís a game Iím not really sure how the Mets won. They left men on base all night long. I caught the 8th and 9th innings and saw them load the bases three times and fail to score. The eighth inning was especially frustrating to watch. The Giants relief pitcher, Clay Hensley,walked the first two batters of the inning and then hit the third (Mike Baxter). Josh Thole then grounded a ball to the first baseman who threw home for the force out. Buster Posey threw the ball to first which hit Thole but he was called out for interference.

Hensley walked Justin Turner immediately after to reload the bases. Tejada then hit a smash between the second baseman and first baseman off Brad Penny but Ryan Theriot made a great diving play to end the inning.

David Wright singled to get things going in the ninth inning. Ike Davis followed with a double and Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally to bring up Jason Bay. Bay proceeded to hit a line drive right to Penny who caught it and threw to first for the double play.

The Mets next season need to address the catching situation, entire outfield and bullpen. Josh Thole is abysmal at the plate as heís not even near 20 RBIís for the season. Jason Bay should be released as the guy is totally done. Is there really any reason heís playing at all?

The Mets are now 51-54 on the season and will look for the series win today when Chris Young opposes Barry Zito. The game will be played at 3:45 pm ET.
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The Mets pound the Cubs

The Mets hit four homeruns yesterday in a 17-1 drubbing of the Cubs yesterday at Wrigley Field. Daniel Murphy hit his first two homeruns of the season in consecutive at-bats. Ike Davis added a three-run homerun and Scott Hairston hit a grand slam.

Jon Niese was the beneficiary of all the runs going seven innings and allowing just one earned run. The team did lose two out of three games to the Cubs. They now head west to take on the Dodgers in a four-game series beginning tonight.

Chris Young will start for the Mets against ex-Met Chris Capuano. Capuano is 9-2 on the year and I would expect a good game from him as the Mets struggle against left-handed starting pitching. The Mets might be catching the Dodgers at the perfect time though as they have dropped eight of their last ten games. The Dodgers are a very good home team though going 24-12 so far.

The Mets are currently 40-36 in third place in the NL East. They are one game behind the Braves and 4.5 games behind the Nationals. The Dodgers are 44-33 tied for first place in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants.
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Mets Injury Woes

Jason Bay & P Mike Pelfrey to the DL
Today has been a pretty interesting one in sports. The Mets coming off a double header loss to the Giants yesterday placed two players on the DL today. Jason Bay and Mike Pelfrey both were placed on the 15 day disabled list today. The rash of injuries continues with this team. I think theyíre cursed or maybe Citi Field is cursed.

Tonight was the return of Jose Reyes as a Marlin. The reaction was mixed from what I heard on television. Johan Santana pitched great striking out 11 in 6.2 innings but like always the Mets didnít score for him. Theyíve yet to score a run while heís been pitching this year. They managed to win the game 2-1 on a bases loaded walk in the seventh and a RBI single by Lucas Duda in the 8th.

The Devils are currently playing game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. They had a 2-0 lead early in the second period but Florida tied it. They are now heading to overtime. I donít have a good feeling about it. They are outshooting Florida 36-13 but have to go to overtime. If they lose this game their season ends early again.
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Mets Win, Devils Fall

Another odd day of sports came and went yesterday. The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 after looking like a little league team and letting the Giants tie the game at 4 in the top of the ninth inning. Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis let a popup fall between them allowing two runs to score.

They won the game in the tenth inning after Buster Posey threw a ball away down the right field line after Nieuwenhuis hit a ground ball to the first baseman Brandon Belt. Scott Hairston hit Posey on his slide forcing the bad throw. Mike Pelfrey actually pitched very well allowing only one run through eight innings


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MLB Top 5 4/20/2011

There was a little reshuffling in my top 5 this week, with one team dropping off the list. The 4 that remain from last week change slots, and the World Series champs make the cut for this week's top 5. It's still very early and there are some other teams with solid records, but it's hard to compare wins and losses when teams are still rounding into regular season form. With that I felt like I had a little explaining to do with my choices.

The Cleveland Indians share the best record in baseball with the Colorado Rockies, but the Indians did not make the cut. They only have played in one full series against a team playing at least .500 baseball and they lost that series to the Angels. Their pitching has been lights out but it's still too early for me to tell if this streak is due to scheduling or a legitimate turnaround. Two other teams that I seriously looked at for spots on the list were the LA Angels and Cincinnati Reds; maybe next week guys


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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.

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Red Sox find hope in Monday's outing

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NL Studs and Duds 4/9/11

Let's see how the studs and duds of the NL stack up against my picks from the AL. The studs of the NL are very recognizable names and represent the two best teams in the National League. The duds may not be quite as well known, and after this week they probably wouldn't mind people looking the other way on their performances.

The stud pitcher of the NL this week is Tim Lincecum. The Freak put together quite the week, going a combined 14 innings over his 2 starts and striking out a whopping 18 batters. He allowed 8 hits and only 1 ER leaving his ERA at a miniscule 0.64. Lincecum will try to avenge his tough luck loss to the Dodgers this week when Los Angeles comes to San Francisco to face the Giants


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