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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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The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers shocked everyone after the All Star Game on Tuesday night when they announced a trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. Although moving K-Rod was inevitable, no one would’ve expected it to occur immediately following the ASG. That being said, I hope Sandy Alderson made the best deal available. For anyone that does not know, a “player to be named later” is one in which the GM chooses from a list of players that the other GM has deemed available to acquire. In this case, Alderson has until September to scout and select any two players out of five that were offered. Regardless of the return, Alderson was able to move a guy with a huge 2012 option that was guaranteed to vest. This gives him more financial flexibility in the offseason to sign a Jose Reyes or other free agents to improve the organization.

With Francisco Rodriguez out, there is a vacancy in the closer role that is screaming Bobby Parnell’s name. Parnell has the makeup of a closer at 6’4″ 200 lbs throwing 98-100+ mph heat. The only question is whether or not he can turn his raw talent into success in the role. Since getting called up to the majors in 2008, Parnell has been thrust into and out of the starting and middle relief role. After a failed experiment as a starter, he was given an opportunity to setup for Francisco Rodriguez where he has struggled to find consistency ever since. When he is on his game, hitters can’t touch his fastball and slider combo. If he wants to excel in the closer role, these pitches need to be perfected. Otherwise, Terry Collins can look to Jason Isringhausen or Pedro Beato for the job.

Who would you like to see getting the bulk of the closing duties?

With the All Star Break underway, the New York Mets are one game above .500 at 46-45 on the season, and trail the wild card leading Atlanta Braves by 7.5 games. The Mets have certainly exceeded expectations thus far in 2011, as most fans would’ve expected them to be way out of the playoff run at this point in the season. Now, this doesn’t mean Mets fans should get crazy excited about making a push for October baseball. Three of the team’s four starting infielders (David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jose Reyes) are currently on the disabled list, and will probably make their return after the trade deadline. But, regardless, the Mets have played very nice baseball over the first 91 games of the season, and I’m going to evaluate the areas that deserve the most credit.

Terry Collins deserves much of the credit for a winning baseball team in Queens.

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Scott Hairston broke a 2-2 tie in the 9th inning with a pinch-hit solo shot off Brian Wilson, and the Mets took the first game of this weekend series.  The Mets’ record now improves to 46-43.  They are now 11-5 over their last 16 games, and 5-1 since Jose Reyes went down.

R.A. Dickey found himself in yet another pitcher’s duel, this one with Ryan Vogelsong.  Down 1-0 in the 4th, Angel Pagan put the Mets ahead with a 2-run homer over the massive right field wall.  A Nate Schierholtz solo shot (into McCovery Cove) in the 6th knotted the game up until the 9th.

Save #23 was a pretty easy one (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Mets are three games over .500 for the first time in the 2011 season. Much of this is a result of strong pitching out of Jonathon Niese and the bullpen and some clutch scoring in today’s game. Ruben Tejada came up with a huge two-run double to put the Mets up 4-1 in the 6th inning. Both Parnell and K-Rod pitched scoreless innings in relief of Niese to lead the Mets to a 5-3 victory.

 

Tejada slams a 2-RBI double. My Binghamton guy...

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Jose Reyes’ four-hit night led the way for the Mets 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee pitched six productive innings in his home state, bouncing back from his last start for his 8th victory on the year. The Mets take the series in Arlington and make their way back to .500 on the season.

 

Reyes always finds a way to get his uniform dirty.

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With the bases loaded in the 13th inning, Justin Turner was hit in the thigh by a Brad Ziegler pitch, and the Mets escaped with a win.  The win bumps their record up to 36-38 on the year.

Starters R.A. Dickey and Gio Gonzalez were on their A-games tonight, allowing only a run apiece.  They combined for 15 innings and allowed a total of 7 hits, while striking out 17.  Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Jose Reyes came up huge with a one-out triple, which was then followed by a Justin Turner RBI single.  The Citi Field faithful were ready to celebrate with Francisco Rodriguez coming in for the save.

The A’s, however, had other plans.  With 2 outs and 2 strikes, Conor Jackson stroked a single off K-Rod to drive in Coco Crisp and prolong the night.  Innings 10-12 featured mainly clutch pitching and very solid defense to preserve the 2-2 tie.  In those innings, the teams totaled 9 baserunners, without any of them coming around to score.

Yep. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Dillon Gee, D.J. Carrasco, Bobby Parnell, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for a 2-hit shutout to blank the Braves on a stormy night.  Bobby Parnell got the win, and the Mets brought their record to the .500 level — 34-34.

Gee entered the game looking to extend his record to 8-0.  Had the weather permitted, he probably would’ve done so — he was dominant the first 4 innings, only allowing 1 hit and striking out 5.  But the rain clouds had other plans — by the time the game resumed over an hour later he was long gone, one inning short of qualifying for the victory.

On the hitting side, once again, Jose Reyes provided the initial spark.  He doubled to lead off the game and then advanced to 3rd on a throwing error by Jason Heyward.  Rubin Tejada drove him in via groundout, and that was really all the Mets would need.  Angel Pagan hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to push the lead to 3-0, and (who else?) Reyes drove in the final run of the game in the 7th on a groundout.

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The New York Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Thursday night. Strong pitching and clutch hitting were the highlights of the game. The Mets are currently 30-32 this season as they head to Pittsburgh for the weekend.

Murphy is swinging a hot bat these days.

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R.A. Dickey pitched 8 brilliant innings, and the Mets scored early and often to bury the Braves Sunday night.  They are now 28-31 on the year.

For the second straight start, R.A. Dickey pitched a great game.  The only run he allowed was Brian McCann’s leadoff 7th inning solo shot, and by that point the Mets had already built up a 6-0 lead.  They scored all 6 runs in the first 5 innings and were able to jump on Braves starter Tim Hudson early — after 2 innings, it was already 4-0.  Carlos Beltran, who drove in Jose Reyes for the first Mets run, fouled a ball off his right shin in the 2nd inning.  He had to leave the game, but x-rays eventually came back negative.

Taking note, Fred? (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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