Brewers? Blown out. Phillies? Smacked down in Miami. Mets? Opened a can of whoop-tooshie in Atlanta. Things looked pretty bleak a few days ago, and things could certainly look bleak again a few days hence, but in once night the Mets vaulted into first place in the NL East, a half-game ahead of the Phillies (a game up in the loss column), and 2.5 games in front of the Brewers in the would-be Wild Card race.
Good results aside, this wasn't exactly a meticulously played game on the Mets' part. Three errors, four pitchers in the seventh inning, but hey, a win, and the Irish Hammer picked up the GWRBI without even starting. Nick Evans hit a monstrous homerun and added a walk. Remember these guys? They were a pretty solid platoon a few weeks ago before Fernando Tatis began starting every day. Tatis is gone for the regular season, at least, and it's great to see the kids go out there and make things happen.
Jose Reyes: September swoon? Maybe not. Kid went 3-for-4 with a leadoff homerun, a walk and a steal. All of the Mets' regulars picked up at least one hit; David Wright and Carlos Delgado picked up two each.
Oliver Perez was ehh: Six hits, three walks and four runs in six innings. The length was solid, and I guess he gets some bonus points for keeping the Mets in the game, but the Braves have a skeleton crew out there so let's not get too excited about that.
The Mets turn to Pedro Martinez to hopefully pull his ass out of the Queens gutter tomorrow night against Jorge Campillo.
Big winners: Daniel Murphy, +30.3% WPA, Jose Reyes, +22.4% WPA
Big losers: Nelson Figueroa,-32.7% WPA, Ryan Church, -12.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Murphy two-run double in 8th, +30.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Prado singlein 7th, -18.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -16.0%
Total batter WPA: +63.9%
GWRBI: Daniel Murphy
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Nice job by LOUtheMETSfan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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