The New York Mets embarrassed the New York Yankees in a 4-0 win Friday night on their home turf. Stellar pitching and clutch late hitting resulted in the Mets winning their 8th consecutive game, while keeping pace with the red hot Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi took the mound against Javier Vazquez in the opener of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium. Both pitchers threw repeat gems their second time around, but this time the Mets prevailed. Takahashi went another six shutout innings against the Yankees, earning his sixth win of the season. He’s become a “big game” pitcher–remember he shut out the Phillies a few weeks back.

The Mets offense looked a little tired towards the beginning of the game, but came alive in the final two innings, scoring three important runs. Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan (pictured above) are the most exciting 1-2 punch in baseball right now. They’re finding ways to get on and score, helping their team win every game on this road trip. David Wright continues to look comfortable at the plate, while Jeff Francoeur gets two hits a night. Everything continues going right for the Mets!

Positives From The Game:

 Jose, Jose, Jose: Reyes has yet to take a breather in the past few weeks. Today, he went 2 for 5, including a double, while both scoring and driving in a run. He contributed a useful insurance run in the 9th inning, giving the Mets a 4-run buffer in what turned into a very exciting bottom of the ninth. His hitting streak is at 10.

Angel On Their Side: Angel Pagan was definitely the offensive player of the game tonight. With one swing, he transformed the game from a close 1-0 to a somewhat comfortable 3-0 lead in the 8th inning. Even though he had one hit, Pagan walked twice, and has continued to perform like a number two hitter.

Shutting Out Yanks: Granted the Yankees have been struggling offensively, but the Mets pitching took advantage and did not allow a run to cross homeplate. Takahashi pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks, and the bullpen completed the shutout. Pedro Feliciano played a key role in the later innings, pitching two dominant innings of relief, giving up only one hit, while striking out two.

Negatives From The Game:

 Tatis: Fernando Tatis has not delivered a hit since May 23rd, when the Mets last played the Yankees. He’s batting .189, and the Mets can’t seem to find a spot for him on their team. Enough time has gone by since his comeback year in 2008, and its time for the Omar [Minaya] to release him. There are plenty of big bat options in the minors that could contribute more than him. I’m sure every Mets fan is sick of seeing Tatis.

Interesting Facts:

12: Scoreless innings against the Yankees for Hisanori Takahashi.

 31: Angel Pagan has 31 RBIs this season, one shy of his 2009 total.

.432: Jose Reyes’ batting average during his 10-game hitting streak.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to extend their winning streak against their crosstown rivals in Game 2 tomorrow afternoon in the Bronx. Game Time 1:05 PM.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (9-1) 2.39 ERA vs. NYY Phil Hughes (9-1) 3.11 ERA