The Mets managed to win a game in San Francisco, albeit one that they probably shouldn’t have. K-Rod blew the save in the 9th, and the winning run appeared to be safe at home, but was called out by the home plate umpire. The Mets won it in the 10th on an Ike Davis double.

SAN FRANCISCO- JULY 18: Travis Ishikawa

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Initial Reaction: Another strong start by Johan Santana was wasted by the Mets’ bullpen this afternoon in the Bay Area, as the Mets blew a late lead, only to win it in the 10th. It has to be discouraging for Johan to pitch as well as he did today, and not pick up a win. While his win total is not up to par with the other aces in the National League, his ERA is nearing theirs. It now sits at 2.87 on the season.

The Positives:

We Still Like Ike: Coming into the All Star break, Ike Davis was in a tremendous slump. These last two games we have seen Ike climb out of the hole and today, he was the reason they won. Davis was 3-5 on the afternoon with 2 RBIs, giving him 45 on the season. He also hit his 17th and 18th doubles of the year, bringing his average up to .261, a respectable number for a rookie who has spent most of his time in the clean up hole.

Johan Santana: Johan did everything in his power to will the team to victory today. Unfortunately his bullpen didn’t get it done. You can’t ask of anything more from your ace, and hopefully his next start the Mets can get him a W.

David Wright: Wright hit a massive home run today, his only hit of the afternoon, but also reached base on a walk. He leads the team with a .309 average and is one of only two players to be hitting over .300.

J-Bay: Jason Bay had three singles today, one of which was a hustle single where he beat the throw on a ground ball to short. For as much as Bay has struggled this year, you have to love that he still hustles out of the box every single time.

The Negatives:

K-Rod: Had Santana not thrown 115 pitches thru 8 innings, he might have gone back out to finish the game. Instead, they turned the ball to their closer, who was unable to do the job in a game the Mets absolutely had to have. Luckily they got the win anyways, but it could have been a terrible loss in an otherwise brilliantly pitched game by the Mets. It was Rodriguez’s 4th blown save in 28 chances.

What’s Next?

The Mets head directly to Arizona where they will take on the Diamondbacks tomorrow night. First pitch is at 9:40 pm (sigh).


NYM Mike Pelfrey (10-4) 3.58 ERA vs. ARI Ian Kennedy (4-7) 4.12 ERA