The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, as they succeed in sweeping two consecutive series, while going 9-1 on their homestand. John Maine pitched well through six innings, while the bullpen, which seems untouchable, closed out the game in typical fashion. David Wright and Ike Davis both had two hits, each producing a run, and Angel Pagan drove in two on a triple. After today’s win, the Mets now have a seven game winning streak.

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Initial Reaction:

John Maine matched up against Dodgers rookie John Ely in the rubber game of the three-game set. Maine pitched brilliantly, even without throwing past 90 mph, as he was able to put rising movement on his fastball. This is the best I’ve seen him pitch in a long time, so lets hope he has mentally progressed. He credits the “wind” for his success today, and I don’t want that to be the case.

Ike Davis continued his great start to the season going 2 for 4, bringing his average to .355. Already looks like a veteran at the plate.

David Wright is now 6 for his last 10 at bats. Howard Johnson commented the other day that Wright has pushed out of his slump. So far, so good.

Positives From The Game:

Maine: John Maine pitched like it was ’07. He allowed only two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine batters. He struck out the side in the 6th inning, looking very dominant. He was able to keep his pitch count low and command his pitches fairly well. This performance secures his spot in the starting rotation.

Clutch hitting: When their lead got smaller, the Mets were able to drive in some insurance runs off the bats of Jason Bay and Ike Davis in the 7th inning.

Negatives From The Game:

Reyes: Jose Reyes made a terrible throw to Ike Davis in the 3rd inning, resulting in a Dodgers run. There was litter on the field, though, so I’ll give him a small pass.

Interesting Facts:

226: David Wright hit the 226th double of his career this afternoon, passing Ed Kranepool on the all-time Mets list.

9-1: Ties for best homestand record in Mets history, exceeding seven games.

9: Total number of strikeouts for Maine today. This is the most since his 14 strikeout performance on September 29th, 2007.

The Mets have won every game I’ve recapped.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets will go on the road Friday to begin a three-game set against their NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

NYM Jon Niese (0-1) 3.68 ERA vs PHI Kyle Kendrick (0-0) 7.71 ERA