Takahashi Phillin’ It, Mets Win Fourth Straight 5-0

Hisanori Takahashi had his second straight scoreless outing, and the Mets took the 2nd game of the series from the Phillies guaranteeing them a winning series at the least

Game Notes

Hisanori Takahashi went out in place of Jonathon Niese and put up another ridiculously effective outing, going 6 innings giving up 5 hits and striking out 6. Tak was dominating the Phillies all game, only allowing 1 extra base hit throughout the entire game. This was the second straight scoreless outing for Takahashi, giving him 12 scoreless innings in a row as a starter. In that same two game stretch, Takahashi has given up 10 hits, walked 1 and struck out 11 in 12 innings. He may be cementing his role in the Mets rotation, so a farewell to Ollie Perez as a starter may be imminent.

The bullpen went out and did there job. Jenrry Mejia, Ryota Igarashi and Fernando Nieve combined for 3 innings of 2 hit ball with 2 strikeouts. Mejia worked the 7th giving up a hit. Mejia was also routinely throwing in the 96-97 range which is always exciting to see. Ryota Igarashi made his 2nd appearance since coming off the DL, and seemed to knock off some of the rust he showed in the Yankees game, giving up a hit and striking out one but seeming to be much more in control. Fernando Nieve came in for mop-up duty and had his most effective outing in some time, giving up no hits and striking out 1.

The Mets hitters were not as prolific as yesterday, but with Takahashi throwing up zeroes – one run would’ve sufficed. Jose Reyes went 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run.One of the hits was his first home run of the season, which was great to see Jose really get behind a ball and put a charge into it. Rod Barajas accounted for the other 3 RBI on the day, with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd scoring Ike Davis and a 2 RBI double in the 6th scoring David Wright and Angel Pagan. Speaking of Angel, he went 2-4 with a run and 2 SB’s. Castillo also had a good day on the bases, going 0-2 but with 2 SB’s. The Mets have been torching the Phillies on the bases in the last 2 games, taking 7 bases without being caught

Jason Bay, Ike Davis and David Wright went 2-11 as a whole with a strikeout by each and a walk by Ike Davis. Ike’s plate discipline is proving valuable on a team with some free swingers.

Jeff Francoeur drew an IBB, giving him 13 walks on the season against his 29 strikeouts. When some of these balls he hits begin falling for singles, expect the walks to rise.

Turning Point

The Jose Reyes HR, like Jose himself invigorated the Mets and seemed to put a certain aura around the team and how they played.

Game Ball

Jose Reyes, you’ll get the ball today. Day by day, you look more and more like the Reyes of 2008 and less like the Reyes of 2009.

Up Next

The Mets will look to sweep the Phillies, sending out Mike Pelfrey to face off against Cole Hamels. Game time is 7:10 PM

Mets pitchers walked NONE today.