Six in a row!

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Mets, Odds and Sods

All of a sudden, the Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball after sweeping a doubleheader from the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight.
New York won the opener 4-0 behind Johan Santana and prevailed 10-5 in the nightcap despite a typically shaky outing from Oliver Perez. New York has now won six games in a row, improving to 12-9 and a tie for first in the NL East (pending result of the Phillies game, the Mets will either be a half-game ahead or back). The Mets are 9-2 since starting the season 3-7, despite the offense nowhere near clicking on all cylinders.
Free-agent acquisition Jason Bay is heating up, belting a solo homer off Hiroki Kuroda in Game 1, his first with the Mets. He added an RBI triple in Game 2 off knuckleballer Charlie Heager.
Santana didn’t have his best stuff, but gutted it out through six shutout innings. Fernando Nieve and Pedro Feliciano combined to finish the game.
The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2, with Jose Reyes, Bay and Ike Davis driving in the runs. In typical Perez fashion, he gave it all back in the fourth, thanks to his usual wildness. It looked like he might escape with only one run scoring, but he fell apart against the bottom of the order, surrendering a walk to Jamey Carroll and RBI single to backup catcher A.J. Ellis before walking the pitcher Heager on four pitches to load the bases. Hisanori Takahashi walked in a run on a 3-2 pitch, but escaped the inning tied at 3-3 and did a great job with 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball. This guy has been a godsend, much like Darren Oliver was in 2006, providing big-time middle-relief innings to pick up guys like Perez and Maine, who have been erratic all year.
The Mets scored three in the fifth to take the lead for good, with Wright singling in a run and Davis doubling in two more. Wright’s three-run triple highlighted a four-run sixth, and the Mets coasted from there.
New York goes for its seventh straight win tomorrow afternoon, with John Maine gunning for that elusive first victory of 2010.

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