This sort of game could very likely be the Mets' first no hitter at some point. Oliver Perez, throwing the ball consistently where nobody can hit it. Lots of strikeouts, tons of walks, very few hits. A.J. Burnett threw that no-no with the Marlins some years ago where he walked nine batters or thereabouts, and I could see Ollie doing the same thing. Not last night, where his box score looks terrific if you happen to gloss over the 'BB' column. Six walks? Cripes. The two hits and one run allowed are wonderful and all, but you're not going to win too many ballgames when you walk a batter an inning.
Easley and Heilman, what more can you say? Heils didn't help himself with the walk to Smith in the seventh, but he struck out the next two batters to leave the bases loaded and set up Easley's bomb -- does this guy have a penchant for big homeruns or what? -- in the bottom of the eighth, and Wagner pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to save it.
3:55 game on the FUX network today so, you know, that bites.
Big winners: Damion Easley, +34.8% WPA, Aaron Heilman, +23.4% WPA
Big losers: David Wright, -14.2% WPA, Carlos Beltran, -11.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Easley does it again, +31.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Hawpe goes yard, -14.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +57.9%
Total batter WPA: -7.9%
Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by Reg Dunlop; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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