The New York Mets defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-6 on Tuesday night. Everything went right for the Mets offensively as they continue to improve on the road, while extending their winning streak to five.

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Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took the mound against Justin Masterson in the opener of the three-game set. Santana didn’t have his best stuff–in fact I haven’t seen that in a long time–but he was able to keep the Mets in the game after a rough start to his outing. I really am worried that the decrease in his velocity will change his overall effectiveness as an ace, because the strikeouts are clearly down…

The offense, at this point, is just good. I don’t know what changed from May to June, but keep the chains moving guys!

Not sure what’s going on with Jeff Francoeur. One month he hits .350, the next he hits .200, then he hits .400…the guy is just a complete anomaly. Whatever you’re doing right now Frenchy is good, and please don’t forget it!

Positives From The Game:

 Five-Spot Fifth: Five seemed to be the magic number tonight, as the Mets were able to tack on five runs against Justin Masterson in a messy 5th inning to take a 6-4 lead. They also got their biggest contributions from number 5, David Wright, as he drove in three runs on three hits in the game.

Davis Drifter: Ike Davis launched a two-run homerun to cap the five-run 5th inning. That one seemed to keep carrying out. It was his 8th of the season. He was 2 for 4 on the night, including a walk. An Ike Davis jersey would be a great gift for Father’s Day, which is Sunday.

Negatives From The Game:

Santana Sloppy: Even though Johan Santana got the win tonight, he was far from efficient. He pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while walking two. He’s no longer the overpowering pitcher he once was, and I don’t think hitters see a threat against him–at least not like they used to. He hasn’t struck out six batters in a game since May 8th, and his velocity HAS been down. However, he has shown that he could be effective, even without his 90-plus heater.

Bay Blues: Jason Bay couldn’t figure anything out against the Indians pitching tonight, going 0 for 5 with a strikeout. Even though he was able to drive in a run, it was only on a fielder’s choice. His homerun count is still at 4, and Mets fans continue to wonder if he is suffering from “2009 Wright’s Syndrome”.

Interesting Facts:

6: Number of infield hits for the Mets tonight

14: After starting out slow, K-Rod notched his 14th save of the season tonight.

17: Number of stolen bases Jose Reyes has this season

50: David Wright drove in his 50th RBI of the season tonight, and moves atop the leader board in the NL.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to continue their winning streak against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Game Time 7:05 PM.

NYM Jonathan Niese (3-2) 3.61 ERA vs. CLE Mitch Talbot (7-4) 3.59 ERA