The good news is that Mets starters pitched uncharacteristically well. The bad news is that the Mets bullpen pitched uncharacteristically poorly. The bullpen collectively posted a dismal 14.14 ERA (seventeen earned-runs), 2.85 WHIP, and 1.33 K/BB in 7 innings. Errors also marred the Mets chances, including ones by Jose Reyes, Ronny Paulino, Angel Pagan, and Jason Bay. But the team fought-back in Game 3, led by a sterling outing by Jon Niese, and three RBI off the bat of Josh Thole. The Mets are four games below .500 with a record of 24-28.
METS GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Phillies Win, 6-4):
- Chris Capuano did not factor into the decision, but he arguably pitch his best game of the season. The lefty hurled six innings, giving-up six hits, one earned-run, one walk, and struck-out eight Phillies hitters.
- Pedro Beato settled-down from the last series (5 ER in 1.6 IP) for a scoreless inning, but the rest of the bullpen didn’t take a page out of his book. Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez combined for four earned-runs in just 1.6 innings (including a total of seven hits and one walk). K-Rod was saddled with the much-deserved loss.
- Jose Reyes went 2-5 with a double, single, and three runs-scored.
- Justin Turner went an almost perfect 4-5 with a double, RBI, but was caught-stealing.
- Angel Pagan’s return to the Mets was bittersweet. While he went 2-4 with a stolen-base and a run-scored, he also made a key error (a missed catch).
- Dan Murphy collected his second stolen base of 2011.
METS GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Phillies Win, 5-2):
- Mike Pelfrey hurled 7.6 innings, giving-up four hits, two earned-runs, two walks, and striking-out six batters. Despite the effort, he was not factored into the decision.
- Jose Reyes went 2-4 with a double, two scored-runs, and two stolen bases. Reyes now has nineteen stolen bases on the season.
- Justin Turner went 1-4 with a stolen base and RBI.
- Angel Pagan stole his sixth base of 2011 (he was also caught-stealing for the first time).
- Mike O’Connor was handed his first loss, surrendering the lead, and an earned-run without even recording an out.
METS GAME 3 HIGHLIGHTS (Mets Win, 9-5):
- Jon Niese pitched his heart out–hurling 6.3 inning, giving-up five hits, zero earned-runs, four walks, while striking-out six batters. It was his fourth win of the season.
- The Mets bullpen has taken a beating this series, and Game 3 was no different. Taylor Buchholz and Pedro Beato–usually two of the most dependable Mets relievers–coughed-up four earned-runs on six hits in juts 2.6 innings of work.
- Jose Reyes hit his seventh and then eighth triple, while chipping in a RBI.
- Justin Turner went 2-5 with his twentieth RBI of 2011 (and May).
- The much-maligned Jason Bay contributed two singles, and scored twice too.
- Dan Murphy broke-out with a double and two singles. He also had two run-scored, and recorded a RBI.
- Angel Pagan’s bat certainly hasn’t been rusty since coming off the DL. Pagan smacked a single, scored twice, and produced his seventh RBI of 2011. He has an interesting (but still solid) .333/.333/.333 line since coming back from injury.
- Despite the Mets hit-parade, Josh Thole stood out the most with a whopping three RBI off a double, and two singles.