Earlier today I made the astute observation that the Milwaukee series was an unconventional one. Tonight’s game did not deviate from that theme.
Consider the following factors:
- Brewers pitcher, Yovani Gallardo had won his last six starts
- Jose Reyes went 0-5
- Jason Bay’s slump is so bad that he was benched in favor of fellow Jason, Jason Pridie, who was hitting .242 going into tonight
- For the most part, the Mets pitched to Prince Fielder
- The Mets were coming off blowing a four run lead in the eighth inning of the previous game.
So naturally the following ocurrs:
- Jon Niese goes deeeep into the contest and out pitches Gallardo
- Jason Pridie factors in two of the Mets four runs
- Frankie Rodriguez converts a four out save without giving up a run
Say what you want to about Terry Collins as a game manager. But as of June 9, 2011 the severely hobbled New York Mets are only two games under .500 and are only 4.5 games back in the Wild Card race (as of 11:28pm).
That tells me that he has done a phenomenal job at preparing this team to play every night. I give the man some credit.