The Mets shutout the Phillies yet again at Citi Field. They’ve yet to allow a run in four games against the Phillies this season. Dickey was masterful as he allowed only one hit, and the Mets moved back above the .500 mark. Still a looonnggg way to go, but the pitching has been wonderful this last week. The Mets are 7 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card race.

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Initial Reaction:

What a night for Mets’ pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey was flat out awesome again tonight as he gave the Mets their Major League leading 18th shutout of the season. Starting pitching has been the only reason the Mets remain somewhat relevant these last few weeks. With the bats on vacation, Niese, Johan, the Big Pelf, and Dickey have all put together fine outings. Now if only the Mets could scrape moer than one run across a game…

The Positives:

Robert Allen: Is there a better story this season? He has my vote for comeback player of the year, that’s for sure. With the complete game shut out, Dickey lowered his season ERA to 2.43 as he picked up his 8th win of the season. The Mets may have found a staple for the back end of their rotation for the next several years.

Beltran: He followed up his 3-3 game with the lone RBI of the game, a 2-out double that plated David Wright. The Mets have been terrible with runners in scoring position, especially with two outs, so it was nice to see the Mets actually scrape a run across.

The Negatives:

As long as the Mets keep pitching like this, I’m refusing to say anything negative about the team.

Interesting Facts:

18: total shutouts for the Mets as a team this season. Leads MLB

What’s Next?

The Mets will face the best pitcher in the game, in Roy Halladay. They proved last weekend they could hit him though, scoring 5 runs in a losing effort. We’ll see how they respond to their first 2 game winning streak in almost two months.

NYM Pat Mitsch (0-0) –ERA vs. PHL Roy Halladay (14-8) 2.34 ERA