Even when the Mets play road games outside of the United States, their struggles to win away from Citi Field continued. They did manage to salvage the final game of the series and win one before heading to Washington.

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Initial Reaction:

While the Mets finished June with the same road woes they began it with, David Wright has turned into a monster. He hit .404 in June with 11 doubles, 6 home runs, and 29 RBIs. With a make shift lineup after Jose Reyes was a late scratch due to a stiff back, the Mets did what they had to do turn pull out a victory in San Juan. They’ll try and carry the momentum into the nation’s capital tomorrow.

The Positives:

Fill ins: Jesus Feliciano, Alex Cora, and Chris Carter all got starts last night for one reason or another. They combined to go 4-12, with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Not bad for a backup middle infielder and two outfielders that started the season in the minor leagues.

Our All Star: David Wright continues to mash. Another night, and another multi hit game. He had two more doubles tonight, including two RBIs. His 63 RBIs leads the National League, and his average is now comfortably above .300, sitting at a .311.

Stranding Runners: While the Mets pitchers allowed plenty of hits (the Marlins had 17) they stayed away from allowing the big inning. The Fish had 13 runners left on base by the end of the night.

The Negatives:

Pelf: The Big Pelf hasn’t been himself in his last few starts. His sinker doesn’t have the sharp sink to it, and that’s alarming, because his ball stays up in the zone, and those balls can be hit a long long ways. His line on the night was 4.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 12 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 3.

Late Starts: An hour and a half rain delay ruined my sleep schedule and I can say with confidence that I’m thoroughly not looking forward to the west coast trip post All Star break.

Interesting Facts:

-17 is the number of hits the Marlins had tonight.

-It was the first game Angel Pagan or Jose Reyes wasn’t at the lead off position.

What’s Next?

The Mets head directly to Washington to open a 4 game weekend series. Washington was just swept by Atlanta, so the pressure is on the Mets to continue keeping pace with “the chop” from Atlanta.

First Pitch- 7:05 SNY

NYM Johan Santana (5-5) 3.55 ERA vs. WAS Livan Hernandez (6-4) 3.10 ERA