On a day when Jose Reyes was 0-5, the Mets used the long ball to guide them to a series win over an American League division leader. The Mets moved to 43-32, a half game behind the Atlanta Braves, and lead the wild card race by 2 games.

NY Mets take on the Minnesota Twins on June 27th 2010

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Initial Reaction:

Home Runs were at a premium last year, but this year a healthy lineup has proven they can produce runs at any time. Today was no different, as they hit three long balls that gave them an insurmountable lead, especially with Jonathon Niese on the mound. Niese is now 5-2 on the season, and did not lose a game in June. The Mets finished 13-5 during interleague play, their best finish since interleague play began.

The Positives:

Band Box Citi: Citi Field played like Citizens Bank Park today, as the Mets hit three home runs, one by each Jeff Francoeur, David Wright, and Ike Davis. Davis hit the mammoth shot, but Frenchy’s and Wright’s counted for two runs.

Niese is Nice: Niese improved to 4-0 in June by throwing six innings of shutout baseball, giving up only four hits and three walks while striking out five.

The NL’s Best 3rd basemen: David Wright was 3-4 today, including his 2-run homerun. He added his 13th stolen base of the season, and his two RBIs gave him 61 on the season, which leads the National League. His average is up to .300 on the year.

The Negatives:

Not a thing. Another series win against a top team. The Mets lead the wild card (too premature?) by 2 games.

Interesting Facts:

Ruben Tejada extended his hit streak to 11.

-The Mets had their best interleague record since play against the American League began.

What’s Next?

Interleague play is over and the Mets hit the road to Florida to start a crucial four game road set against a division rival.

First Pitch- 7:05pm SNY

NYM R.A. Dickey (6-0) 2.33 ERA vs. FLA Ricky Nolasco (6-6) 4.92 ERA