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With the Wilpons’ financial mess emerging as the dominant Mets-related story throughout the entire offseason, it’s easy to forget that the actual team will start playing regular season games in 2 weeks.  While Team Wilpon scored a win in court, will the Mets themselves be worth watching after they didn’t add any big names following a 77-85 season?  Here are a few reasons to tune in…

 

Comeback kid (Jeff Robertson/AP)

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Willie Harris hit a 2-run tiebreaking single as part of a 4-run 6th to rally the Mets past the Nats.  The Mets now move to 68-70 on the season.

Mike Pelfrey struggled through his 4 1/3 innings of work (3 runs allowed), but the Mets were able to tag Livan Hernandez with the loss (in what looks to be his last start as a Nat).  While they are using this part of the season to see what they have for their future, it’s encouraging to see that these games aren’t being mailed in (8-2 over their last 10).  Young guys like Lucas Duda (smacked his 9th homer of the year) and Ruben Tejada (2 RBI’s on a hit) are taking the stage now to make their case for playing time in 2012.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins in both games of today’s double dip. Game 1 was dominated by pitching, led by R.A. Dickey, as the Mets edged the Marlins 2-1. Game 2 included a bit more offense as the Mets beat the Marlins 5-1 with a great start out of Dillon Gee. The two victories give them a four-game winning streak as they move to 64-68 on the season.

He's baaaaack. Reyes always puts smiles on his teammates' faces.

Associated Press

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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.

Associated Press

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The Freak, AKA Tim Lincecum, was wheelin’ and dealin’ on the mound tonight against the Mets. After giving up a run in the 1st, he shut them down through the next five innings. The Mets offense couldn’t put together any runs versus the bullpen and fell quietly in a 3-1 loss. Their record is currently 46-44 as they fall 7.5 games behind the wild card leading Atlanta Braves.

 

This is the response Tim Lincecum usually gets out of his hitters. Strike Three!

Associated Press

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It’s been an interesting season so far for Mets fans, to say the least.  To begin the season, no one knew what to expect from this squad, but many Mets fans were bracing for the worst.  In a division that featured a perennial powerhouse, last year’s Wild Card winner, and 2 (seemingly) improved teams, a last place  finish for the Mets didn’t seem out of the question.  But after 72 games, the Mets are 35-37, 3rd in the division, and 5 games back in the Wild Card race.  Before the season started, if one was to say that the Mets would be where they’re currently at, I think most Mets fans would’ve taken it in a heartbeat.  How they got here is pretty impressive already.

Just another RBI for Turner...(UPI/John Angelillo)

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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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The Pittsburgh Pirates scored each of their runs in the 8th and 9th innings (and all with 2 outs) to hand R.A. Dickey yet another tough loss.  He drops to 2-6 on the year, while the Mets fall to 25-29.

It was looking like it would be Dickey’s night, as he pitched incredibly for the first 7 innings.  But with 2 outs and a man on first in the 8th inning, the game got away from him.  After hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch, he allowed an RBI single to Josh Harrison to tie the score at 1.  Then, after walking Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker broke the tie with a 2-run single.  Bobby Parnell came on in the 9th and, despite reaching the upper 90’s with his fastball, allowed 2 runs of his own to score to push the deficit to 5-1.

A little support would be nice...(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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Mike Pelfrey got the win tonight, giving up 3 runs in his 6.2 innings of work, as well as knocking in the game-winning 2-run double.  The Mets now improve to 16-20 on the year.

Jose Reyes got things started with a double to lead off the game, and then Daniel Murphy followed with a single to set up the inning against Rockies starter Jason Hammel.  Ike Davis singled both of them in to grant Pelfrey a quick 2-0 lead.  Pelfrey, however, gave it back in the 2nd inning on solo shots to certified Met-killer Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith.

Tastes like a win... (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Clayton Kershaw pitched 6.2 innings of 1-run ball and Andre Eithier hit a key 7th-inning 2-run home run to lead the Dodgers to victory over the Mets on Mother’s Day.  The Mets’ record now stands at 15-19.

For the first 6 innings, R.A. Dickey and Clayton Kershaw locked into a 2-1 pitcher’s duel.  Ronny Paulino singled in the first run of the game, but that would be all the Mets would get off of Kershaw today.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers were able to scratch single runs off Dickey in the 3rd and 4th innings, who took another hard-luck loss today.

Happy Mother's Day!

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