The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a 4-2 victory on Monday night. The Mets offense exploded in the seventh inning, giving them team a 4-1 lead. Three of those runs were driven in with two outs. R.A. Dickey backed them up on the mound, pitching 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball. The bullpen closed the door without allowing a run to lead the Mets back to a .500 record.
It feels like it’s been a while since the Mets came from behind to win a game. Tonight, that is exactly what happened. The Mets bats continue to push the envelope with their clutch two-out hitting. Justin Turner, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Josh Thole all had two hits on the night. Murphy added two more doubles to make it 26 on the season, tied for fifth in the National League. He has really come into his own this year with a more consistent approach at the plate. Murphy, who was originally serving in a bench role, has embraced playing everyday hitting a solid .308.
I was very impressed with what I saw out of R.A. Dickey tonight. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and only one walk while striking out seven. The knuckleball was working well as he induced many grounders for outs. Dickey is nothing without his knuckleball. It’s what helped him revamp his career last year and if he loses command of that he won’t be able to succeed at this level. After tonight’s win, Dickey is now 5-8 on the season with a 3.74 ERA.
- Jason Bay hadn’t hit a double in his last 50 games, dating back to May 19th.
- David Wright is batting .421 (8 for 19) since returning from the DL Friday.
- R.A. Dickey earned his first win since June 28th.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their series against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at the Great American Ball Park. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.
NYM Jonathon Niese (9-8) 3.76 ERA vs. CIN Johnny Cueto (6-3) 1.98 ERA