The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins in a 7-5 victory Thursday night. Miguel Batista made an efficient spot start, pitching six innings yielding only two runs. He definitely earned another start. The Mets offense scored four runs in the third inning and three insurance runs in the eighth inning to lead them to victory. They end their homestand with a 66-69 record.

Duda comes up with the big hit again!

Associated Press

My Reaction: 

Lucas Duda and David Wright in the middle of the lineup has looked solid this season. Tonight, they each drove in two runs at clutch times. Wright put the Mets up 3-2 in the third inning with a two-run single. Duda doubled in a run in the eighth inning to provide an insurance run heading into the ninth. His hit sparked a rally that led to a three-run inning. Those runs proved necessary as D.J. Carrasco gave back three of those runs in the ninth. I really hope Duda doesn’t have a sophomore slump in 2012, because he is a very important piece going forward in the Mets lineup. 

Outside of Carrasco tonight, the bullpen was solid again and has looked much better as of late. Sandy Alderson has been playing a game of russian roulette with the bullpen all season and he still has a lot of question marks heading into the offseason. Acosta, Parnell, and Beato have had their ups and downs and it is hard to tell which should stick at times. The most important question to be addressed is the closer situation. Is Parnell the right man for the job? Well, it’s now or never.

Interesting Facts:

  • Angel Pagan has 28 stolen bases this season.
  • Josh Thole left the game after injuring his thumb in the second inning.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel to the nation’s capital for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals Friday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (6-11) 3.57 ERA vs. WAS Ross Detwiler (2-4) 2.86 ERA