For the third time in four games, the Mets scored at least 14 runs in a game. Every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit, with seven players recording two or more hits. Jose Reyes had his 41st multi-hit game of the season, which leads Major League Baseball, but ironically saw his average drop. The Mets are now 41-39 and while they aren’t making up ground on the Braves, with the wins piling up, they are putting less teams between them. With the season one game away from being half way over, you have to be accepting of where they stand.

New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (15) congratulates Angel Pagan (16), who scored on a Daniel Murphy two-run single, against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

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Mets’ hitters continued to rake, absolutely obliterating Detroit pitching. They scored 16 runs, had 20 hits, and seven walks. They scored 8 runs in the final three innings of the game and every time that Mets pitching allowed the Tigers to creep back into the game, the offense stepped on the throat of Detroit, and put them away.

Angel Pagan and Ronny Paulino led the way, each going 4-6. Pagan had two doubles and four RBIs, while Paulino had two doubles of his own while also contributing an RBI. Jason Bay reached base five times tonight, an RBI single and four walks. He also stole two bases, giving him eight for the season.

What I liked:

  1. New York was 10-20 tonight with runners in scoring position. That’s absurdly good. What’s even more impressive is that Pagan was 4-5 in his own right.
  2. 12 of the 16 runs scored tonight came with two outs in the inning. Another sign of clutch hitting, something we haven’t seen from the men in Queens in quite some time.
  3. Everyone contributes. Every batter recorded at least one hit and six players recorded at least one RBI

What I didn’t like:

While it’s hard to find anything wrong with the way the Mets are playing right now, allowing nine runs in a game is not going to get it done most nights. Tonight was a night where it did, so all is well. Tim Byrdak is not on my good list right now. He came in to do a job and on a night where everyone was doing their job, he didn’t do his. He threw two pitches, a ball, and a cookie. The cookie went about 400 feet and cut the score to 8-6. Luckily, the Mets lineup wasn’t done scoring.

Interesting Facts:

-Terry Collins called for a lefty (Byrdak) but Bobby Parnell thought he was going into the game. Only the Mets would be stupid enough to screw up a bullpen call.

-People from Detroit aren’t very good looking.

-Mike Pelfrey and RA Dickey, the “top two” in the rotation have the least amount of wins among the starting pitchers.

New York will see Justin Verlander tomorrow, I’ll go out on a limb saying the Mets won’t be scoring more than 10 runs tomorrow.

NYM Mike Pelfrey 4-6 vs. DET Justin Verlander 10-3