With Jose Reyes back in the lineup, the New York Mets downed the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 at CitiField Tuesday night. Carlos Beltran had a perfect night, reaching base on five occasions. Dillon Gee turned in seven solid innings to earn his ninth win of the season. The Mets have worked their way back to .500 again for the season as they look to put together a winning streak before the trade deadline.

It's nice to have this guy back in the lineup. Dreadlocks and all...

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My Reaction:

Carlos Beltran went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate tonight, including two walks drawn. His batting average is just under .300 for the season. Who would’ve thought going into this season that he would be such a valuable chip for the Mets in July? It looks like he is the best available piece as MLB approaches the July 31st deadline and a number of teams should be narrowing in on him.

So the question since K-Rod was traded has been who would replace him in the closer role. Tonight, Jason Isringhausen was given the save chance. It was as if he was pitching with Cardinals all over again as he pitched a perfect ninth inning to set his former club down in order for the save. At first, I was surprised to see Bobby Parnell pitch in the 8th instead of the 9th, but then I realized that they are probably trying to showcase Isringhausen while they can. Izzy has been the talk of a lot of trade rumors as of late and his stock needs to rise before he gets dealt. Tonight’s performance was a step in the right direction.

Interesting Facts:

  • ¬†Carlos Beltran leads the major leagues with 30 doubles after scorching two tonight.
  • Jason Isringhausen earned his first save in a Mets uniform since a nine-out save on July 6th, 1999.
  • Jose Reyes has an eight-game hitting streak dating back to June 25th, in which he is batting .543 (19 for 35) during that span.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on ESPN or SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (4-8) 3.70 ERA vs. STL Kyle McClellan (6-6) 4.24 ERA

Who do you think will get traded first: Beltran or Isringhausen? Where will they both end up?