It is becoming increasingly difficult to follow R.A. Dickey – but Santana plays the part well in a 5-0 blanking of the Orioles.
Baltimore really caught us on a bad time, did they not? The team fired on all cylinders tonight – starting pitching, relief pitching, offense, defense, and a little confidence. Makes you wonder, does it not?
Johan started tonight and bounced back nicely for six shutout innings – 4 hits, 2 walks, and 5 k’s round out the line for our co-ace. I almost forgot this guy was coming back from a recent surgery. Johan and Dickey could be one of the more dangerous combos at the top of a rotation in baseball. Parnell, Batista, and Rauch combined for a scoreless final three innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 2. Wieters had 2 2Bs off Santana on the evening, but it did not amount to much, as the Orioles were held 0-9 with RISP.
Biggest blow for the Mets on offense (literally) goes to a Lucas Duda 2-run HR in the sixth, which put the Mets ahead 3-0. It barely cleared that new fence, but it was well-struck. Murphy got the Mets on the board with an RBI groundout in the fourth – and luckily, it would be all they needed. Valdespin gets some props for driving in 2 with 2 out. He and Duda had 2 hits on the day.
Hero Of The Game
Santana – I have said it before, this team plays with a different aura when he pitches well.
Seriously, RA Dickey. His last six starts: 0.18 ERA or something like that. Crazy.
Santana improves to 5 – 3 with a 3.00 ERA and Parnell picks up hold number 13.
I am being Captain Obvious here, but we have back to back shutouts. (I said this before! It must be a good season.)
…Man, it feels good to be a Mets fan lately.
Well, the Mets.com site has failed me and is listing Johan Santana to start tomorrow again. Silly Wilpons, only Dickey or CJ Wilson can start on back-to-back days. I assume Gee or Niese will be tossed out there tomorrow to counter Brian Matusz in the series finale before the Evil Empire rolls into Queens.(Forgive me, I do not have the rotation order memorized. I would logically go Dickey-Santana-Niese-Gee-Hef but I am not sure if that is our order.) 7:10, dudes.