When it rains it pours.
At least that’s what the Tigers had to be thinking about the Mets’ offense last night.
The Amazin’s racked up fourteen runs on sixteen hits in a route. Combined with a Braves loss, the Mets find themselves a game and a half out of first place.
Third Inning Of Fun
The Mets onslaught was highlighted by an eight run third inning, the longest third inning in recent history thanks to a fifty-eight minute rain delay.
Tigers’ pitcher Jay Sborz came in for Justin Verlander after the delay for his Major League debut. It had to seem like a nightmare for him. He never made it out of the inning, giving up five runs on five hits.
For the Mets, Bay and Davis doubled (Ike would later come up with a single as well), while Reyes, Pagan, and Wright singled in the inning.
Angel Stellar Again
Angel Pagan continued his torrid pace in this game. He went four for six, drove in four, and scored three runs.
What’s impressive to me is that he is playing like this while the talk is heating up about him losing playing time when Carlos Beltran returns.
Not only has his play been outstanding, but he has handled this situation like a true professional.
What’s in my mind is to help the team as much as I can and to protect Carlos’ spot; that’s a big responsibility.
After last night’s game, Pagan is hitting .304.
David Wright went three for three, drove in two, and reached base in all five of his at bats.
Jose Reyes and Ike Davis each went three for six.
Jon Niese Probably Wasn’t A Fan Of The Rain Delay
The only Mets player that had room to gripe about the rain delay was Jonathon Niese. He didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings.
Jerry Manuel opted to let him continue to pitch after the delay and tried desperately to allow him to get the win. Unfortunately, Niese couldn’t get the final out in the fifth so he could not be the pitcher of record.
The ball got soggy. I just couldn’t make the adjustments.
I’m not sure if Jerry will take heat for this decision or not, but I liked it. He could afford to give Niese a long leash after the Mets eight run explosion.
Fernando Nieve wound up with the win as he pitched effectively, picking up the final out of the fifth for Niese and then throwing an additional two innings. He didn’t give up a run.
Bobby Parnell had a successful 2010 debut, throwing up a zero in the eighth. He threw consistently in the mid nineties which was a good sign.
R.A. Dickey takes the hill with his 5-0 record as he faces Jeremy Bonderman tonight.