The New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Tuesday night. The Mets offense exploded for nine runs in the first four inning. They are now 4-1 against the Pirates this season, and look to win the series Wednesday night.

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Initial Reaction:

R.A. Dickey faced off against Zach Duke in Game 2 of the series. Dickey was on his game. He got into very little trouble throughout the night, and the only run that crossed was on a ground out in the 9th inning. Duke was another story. The Mets completely embarrassed him, scoring at least one run in every inning he pitched. He was so bad that his 5.47 ERA coming into the start inflated to 5.78 by the end of it. Hats off to the Mets offense though for going out and playing hard. They should do that every night against any pitcher.

Specifically, I liked what I saw from Ruben Tejada, Carlos Beltran, and Nick Evans tonight. They all did stuff I haven’t seen much from them this season: produce at the plate. Despite the Mets lost playoff hopes, its always nice to see surprises and teases for next season.

Positives From The Game:

Tricky Dickey: The knuckleballer was at it again tonight completely baffling his opponent. R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while whiffing four. He struck out the side in the 5th! He earned his 11th win and lowered his ERA to 2.80 on the season. Time for a contract extention?

Tejada: He’s come alive! Ruben Tejada learned how to hit this week. Tonight, he went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Since the beginning of September he’s raised his batting average from .178 to .206, hitting .346 this month. As long as the bat improves, his glove will stay in the field.

Beltran: The guy is getting more and more comfortable at the plate. It’s becoming obvious that he has something to prove. Carlos Beltran had a 2 for 4 night, crushing a solo shot (4) in the 3rd inning and doubling in two runs in the 4th. He has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games.

Evans: I love him to make the bench for 2011. His bat is very suitable as a righty facing off against southpaws. He has a .318 career batting average against lefties compared with .165 versus right handers. Nick Evans bashed his first home run of the season in the 3rd inning along with a single in the 2nd inning to give him a 2 for 4 night.

Negatives From The Game:

None

Interesting Facts:

  • R.A. Dickey has a 1.74 ERA at home compared to a 3.62 ERA pitching away from CitiField.
  • The Mets had only three hits in their last four frames.
  • David Wright made his 18th error in the field.

What’s Next?: The kid will look to win his first game against the worst team in baseball tomorrow night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

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