The New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 in a Thursday matinee at CitiField. After losing five of their last six games, they finally earn a much needed victory at home. The Mets are currently 13-18 and look to inch closer to .500 this weekend.

 

“The faster I hit, the faster I’ll get traded to a contender…”

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The Scoop:

Mike Pelfrey faced off against Jonathan Sanchez in the final game of the series. Pelfrey threw very effectively on the mound today, as 78 of his 116 pitches were strikes. The first run he allowed was a solo shot in the 4th inning which narrowed the Mets lead to 3-1. The only other run that crossed was unearned. He exited the game with a 5-2 lead in 8th inning. It was certainly a step in the right direction for Pelf, but lets see if he could repeat this performance against the potent Colorado lineup next week.

On the offensive side, the Mets scored three quick runs in the second inning against Sanchez. Jason Bay came home first on a double play ball. Thereafter, Jose Reyes plated Scott Hairston and Mike Pelfrey–who both reached on walks–with his third triple of the season. The Mets later scored two more runs on a Carlos Beltran homer to put them up 5-2. That was all she wrote. K-Rod came on in the 8th for a nailbiter four-out save.

The Positives:

Big Pelf: Mike Pelfrey pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five. The only earned run came on a mistake pitch to Mike Fontenot that was sent out of the park. He now owns a substantially lower 6.06 ERA.

Beltran: With a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 5th, Carlos Beltran smacked a two-run homer over the left field fence to put the Mets up three runs. He has five home runs and seventeen rbis on the young season. I honestly don’t see any problems with his knee at this point.

The Negatives:

Errors: The middle of the infield committed two errors this afternoon. Hu made a bad throw in 3rd inning, which had no repercussions. Reyes also made a bad throw in the 5th inning, and that run came around to score. These little mistakes can sometimes cost you a game.

Hu?: Chin-lung Hu has been idle at the plate all season. I understand he’s only started two games this year, but 1 for 17 is putrid! It’d be nice to have a stronger bat coming off the bench, rather than a defensive replacement.

Interesting Facts:

86: Career triples for Jose Reyes.

275: Career saves for Francisco Rodriguez. He’s only 29 years old.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series beginning Friday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (1-4) 4.71 ERA vs. LAD Hiroki Kuroda (3-2) 3.10 ERA

If Carlos Beltran continues his success at the plate and shows that his knee isn’t an issue, what type of return do you think the Mets can get back for him in a trade?