Jason Bay & Carlos Beltran had grand slams in consecutive innings, and R.A. Dickey had another quality outing in the 14-3 blowout of the Detroit Tigers
R.A. Dickey came out today and seems had the luck on his side and was blessed with run support. Outside of that, R.A. went seven innings, allowing three runs on ten hits, including two home runs while walking three and striking out six. Dickey had some good stuff, but when he did make mistakes, he was punished. In prior outings, anemic offensive showings left Dickey on the short end, but today he couldn’t have tried to lose.
Bullpen got some light usage today, with Bobby Parnell pitching a clean inning. Manny Acosta pitched the ninth, in a beyond low-leverage situation and pitched a clean inning, striking out one. Manny Acosta has found his calling, and it involves becoming Elmer Dessens redux.
Weird play in the bottom of the seventh however, Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner both went to cover second to receive a possible double play throw from R.A. Dickey, and ran into each other. They got the force out, but the humor in that sight is something I haven’t seen since, well softball.
The offense today struck early, and continued its rampage, scoring in bunches and using small ball – until the fourth inning. Josh Thole notched his first HR of the season on a well-hit ball to As has been well documented, the Mets hadn’t hit a home run in roughly two years. Jason Bay changed that with a home-run to left field that just squeezed itself in front of the foul pole for a grand slam. An inning later, #SelfishBeltran aka #RBIWhore, Carlos Beltran decided to go for the second grand slam of the game, and notched it. The Mets have only had two grand slams in a game once before, and they were both in the same inning in 2006 with Cliff Floyd and…Carlos Beltran.
This offense has been beyond potent, scoring like an AL team and looking like world beaters. The return of David Wright, the possible thought that Jason Bay has a clue with a scorching hot Jose Reyes in addition to the forever consistent Carlos Beltran could be a force in the NL East and could challenge for the wild card.
Every Mets starter had at least one hit.
Jose Reyes – 4 for 4 with three runs, a walk and a stolen base. Jose reached base every time, finished an HR short of the cycle and was pulled for a pinch-runner, Ruben Tejada in the seventh.
Angel Pagan – 3 for 3 with two runs, one RBI, one stolen base and two walks. Angel, you may not be good at hitting lefties, but when those righties come up your doing great.
The fourth inning when the Mets decided to blow the game open and not leave any margin for error.
Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran split the game ball with a grand slam each. Carlos was 2 for 4 with two runs and four RBI thanks to the grand slam. Jason went 1 for 4 with a grand slam, one run scored and four RBI and one strikeout. This could be a turning point for Jason Bay.
The Mets will look to continue the offense in a lefty battle, with Chris Capuano coming out after leaving his last outing early with pain in his abdomen to face off against former Yankee and current Tigers lefty Phil Coke. Game Time is 7:05 P.M.
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