A one hour rain delay was the only thing that stopped the Mets offensive onslaught tonight at Citi Field against the Detroit Tigers. With the win, the Mets moved back to 10 games above .500, coupled with the Atlanta Braves loss, leaving them 1.5 games out of first place in the National League East.

(Kevin James throws out the first pitch tonight, obviously firing up the Mets and setting the stage for the outstanding offensive performance)

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Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese was taking aim at his fourth consecutive win tonight as he faced off against the ace of the Tigers staff, Justin Verlander. A rain delay ended Verlander’s night early, but Niese stayed in, which probably wasn’t the best of ideas. Prior to the rain delay, Niese had gone three innings of no hit baseball but afterwards, he was only able to pitch another 1.2 innings, giving up 6 runs. Luckily for him, the Mets had pounded out 10 runs by the time he came out of the game. Unfortunately for him, he was one out away from a win, but after loading the bases, Jerry Manuel had seen enough.

The offense tonight was outstanding. Every position player recorded an RBI except for Rod Barajas.

The Positives:

Angel Pagan: On the day that the Mets announced Carlos Beltran is going to begin his rehab towards returning to the Mets, Pagan responded with a fantastic day. Pagan was 4-6 on the day, only a home run short of the cycle. He also added 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. His team leading average is now at .304.

The Offense: The Mets as a team combined for 14 runs on 16 hits, none of which came via the long ball. The Mets are sure using their home field dimensions to their advantage. Every player is hitting the ball into the gaps, which needs to be done at Citi.

Bullpen: After Niese exited, Fernando Nieve, Bobby Parnell, and Ryota Igarashi combined to allow only one hit the rest of the way.

The Negatives:

Jon Niese: It may have had a lot to do with his extended rest, but after the one hour rain delay followed by the half hour bottom of the 3rd inning, Niese wasn’t the same. His final line was 4.2 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Keith Hernandez: I had to listen to him talk about willy’s (wins), homer-oni’s, and his Seinfeld episode.

Interesting Facts:

-Batters 1-4 all recorded 3 hits or more.

-Carlos Beltran could be back within the next 3 weeks, and will start a rehab assignment Thursday.

What’s Next?

Jerry Seinfeld will join Keith and Gary in the booth tomorrow, as the Mets look to win another home series.

First Pitch- 7:10pm SNY

Probables:

NYM R.A. Dickey (5-0) 2.82 ERA vs.  DET Jeremy Bonderman (3-4) 4.06 ERA