The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 18-5 on Sunday afternoon. It looked like the offense saved all their strength for this one game of the season. They really didn’t want to get swept by the Cubs, and proved it by putting up three five-run innings. Who was the major run producer?

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Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Ryan Dempster in the final game of the series. Niese was far from effective, despite earning the victory, and got a major help from his offense. The Mets offense dominated Dempster for seven runs through five innings, and then continued to hack against the Cubs bullpen.

Every starting position player scored a run today. With the Mets down 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the bats got going against Dempster. Four singles with runners in scoring position gave the Mets a much needed go ahead five-spot 5th. Ruben Tejada launched a solo home run in the 7th inning to give them a 8-4 lead. Then it all went crazy, as the offense put up five run 8th and 9th innings. Ike Davis had a huge two-run blast in the 8th, and then Angel Pagan capped off the inning with a two-run double. The 9th inning saw a pinch hit two-RBI single from Chris Carter. Luis Hernandez finished off a 3 for 7 afternoon with an RBI single to give the Mets a final 18-5 lead.

Well Jerry Manuel has been saying all season (unfortunately) that they would eventually explode for a ridiculous amount of runs. That day has come, and the most important thing for them is to respond positively. Go on a stretch where they win five of six, and score five or more runs a game. Will that happen? Probably not…

Positives From The Game:

Tejada: He hit his first major league home run! It was a 2 for 4 afternoon for Ruben Tejada, in which he drove in five runs, while scoring two, and drew a walk. He started hitting towards the end of August and looks to have brought that stroke into September. He’s got to get that average over the Mendoza line, though.

I Like Ike: The Mets rookie first baseman has also been heating up recently. Ike Davis went 4 for 6, including a two-run home run, while driving in three and scoring three. He’s still in the running for Rookie of the Year merit.

Beltran: It’s easy to see he’s starting to come around. Carlos Beltran was 2 for 4, while driving in a run and scoring two runs. He also walked three times. The most encouraging statistic is his K/BB ratio which is very good. Once his bat comes along, the OBP will look much better.

Negatives From The Game:

Niese: Even though he contributed two hits and drove in two runs, Jonathon Niese continues to struggle on the mound. It’s the third straight start in which he’s given up a bunch of runs. Niese pitched six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks, while letting up two home runs and striking out four batters. There has been talk about limiting his innings, so now may be a good time.

Duda: The entire starting lineup recorded a hit except for Lucas Duda. After tearing it up at Buffalo, he has only one hit in seventeen at bats thus far in the majors. If he doesn’t start hitting soon, Nick Evans will see more playing time.

Interesting Facts:

1: Career home run for Ruben Tejada

7: Players had multi-hit performances today

18: The most runs the Mets have scored in a game this season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel to the nation’s capital to open a three-game set against the Washington Nationals beginning Monday afternoon. Game Time 1:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (13-8) 3.72 ERA vs. WAS Jordan Zimmermann (0-0) 4.50 ERA