The Mets were able to climb back to the .500 mark with another excellent pitching performance and continued their offensive resurgence tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. R.A. Dickey was the 2nd consecutive knuckle ball pitcher the Phillies faced, and they again struggled. Jason Bay stayed hot, and Jose Reyes is starting to look like Jose Reyes again.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

R.A. Dickey‘s 1st win of the season gave the Mets their 3rd straight win and fourth win in their last five. The Phils looked baffled for the 2nd straight night at the sight of the knuckle ball, while the Mets were able to push five runs across on “Ole’ Noodle Arm” Jamie Moyer, and added three more in the bottom of the 8th.

The offense has looked better in recent games as Jason Bay is swinging a hot bat, while both David Wright and Jose Reyes are starting to act like themselves again. This offense is solid when their power hitters are actually hitting.

The Positives:

R.A. Dickey: Dickey went six innings, scattering seven hits and three walks. He struck out seven, and got out of a bases loaded jam with no outs, inducing a 1-2-3 double play by Carlos Ruiz. Dickey now stands at (1-0) with a 1.50 ERA. While I absolutely do not believe that type of performance will continue, Dickey can be consistent, which is a far cry from what Ollie Perez was capable of.

Jose Reyes: Is Jose Reyes back? In his last three games he’s 7-15, tonight he was 3-5, and scored three runs. He also added an RBI. He may be batting only .232, but in three games he’s raised his average .22 points. That’s a start, and damnit, I’ll take it.

Jeff Francoeur: Everyone whose reading this knows he’s been struggling mightily since his hot start. Tonight though, he came through twice, going 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

RISP: 5-11 tonight, and 15-35 in the last three games. That’s an astonishing .429 in the last three games. This is the timely hitting that has been lacking all season. It’s nice to see the big guys starting to come through for the team.

Home Sweet Home: The Mets are now 17-9 at Citi Field. They need to start winning on the road though, where they are 6-14.

The Negatives:

N/A. Scoring eight runs while allowing none against a division rival at home is always nice. Every position player that entered the game was on base at least once. Ike Davis was the only one that failed to record a hit.

Interesting Facts:

8: Number of runs the Mets won by tonight, as well as the 1st game of the last series against the Phils. The Mets went on to lose the next two.

.571: Raul Valdez‘ batting average. He hit a double in the 8th, and is now 4-7 on the season.

10: In four at-bats tonight, Rod Barajas saw only ten pitches.

What’s Next?

The Mets look to win the series tomorrow night.

First Pitch- 7:10 pm SNY

Probables:

NYM Hisanori Takahashi (3-1) 2.53 ERA vs. PHI Joe Blanton (1-2) 5.06 ERA