The legend of Fernando Nieve continues for at least another game, as the 26-year-old righty improved to 3-0 with the Mets, beating the Cardinals 11-0 to go along with victories over the Rays and Yankees. Nieve allowed just three hits -- none for extra bases -- while walking four and striking out five in six innings. Nieve seemed intent on not allowing Albert Pujols to do anything of consequence with is bat, issuing half of his four walks to the St. Louis slugger (the other two were given to the less imposing Jared Michael "Skip" Schumaker).
Brian "Socks" Stokes struck out two in a scoreless seventh while Patrick Misch and Bobby Parnell contributed a perfect inning apiece to close out the Mets' merciless drubbing of the Cards. David Wright went 4-for-4 with exactly zero runs batted in; all of the "run-producing" came from the four-through-eight spots. Ryan Church went 3-for-4 with two RsBI; Fernando Tatis side-stepped another GIDP to go 2-for-4 with three rib-eye steaks; Nick "The Stick" Evans went 2-for-3, knocking in two runs with a homerun in the fourth; Brian Schneider had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was a two-run double off the right-field wall with two out in the sixth.
Heck, the offense was going so well that even Argenis Reyes collected a single as a pinch-hitter. Not so fortunate was Fernando Martinez, who went 0-for-4 and saw his slash line drop to .174/.260/.246. On the plus side, he did look pretty decent in centerfield, so, there's that.
Big winners: Fernando Nieve, +29.3% WPA, Ryan Church, +15.9% WPA
Big losers: Fernando Tatis, -9.9% WPA, Alex Cora, -4.8% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Evans two-run homerun in fourth, +12.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Tatis GIDP in first, -9.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +30.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +20.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Ryan Church
Nice job by aparkermarshall; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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