On a night where Daniel Murphy hit cleanup and only two regulars began the night with an on-base percentage above .335, the Mets pounded out seventeen hits -- eleven of them against Derek Lowe -- in beating Atlanta, 9-4. The season may be in the crapper but it still feels good to beat up on the Braves. Luis Castillo, Gary Sheffield and Jeff Francoeur had three hits apiece while Fernando Tatis and Omir Santos each collected a pair.
The Mets set a franchise record for hits an inning with ten in their eight-run fourth. The eight runs were a season high for a single inning. The Mets are 24-4 when scoring at least seven runs this year.
In the Brainstorm Showdown, Ryan Church went 0-for-4 while Wincoeur went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Frenchy has his on-base percentage up to .299 and you just know Santos and his .297 OBP will be tossing and turning all night.
In the "What Should Omar Have Done?" Showdown, Oliver Perez "won" by allowing only four runs in five innings. Woo, Ollie! Perez wasn't really that bad; the three-run homerun to Matt Diaz in the second accounted for most of the damage. He only walked one, though he did throw first-pitch balls to 13 of the 20 batters he faced. Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes combined to shut down the Braves over the final four innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out four and allowing no runs.
Lastly, I want to welcome Howard Megdal to the recap team here. Howard has been writing Haiku for MetsGeek for the past three seasons, but the recaps have died out a bit at MG so he will be providing Haiku for our recaps here instead. Howard has written intelligently about the Mets at The Observer, SNY.tv and New York Baseball Digest, and his ode to Jewish baseball players, The Baseball Talmud, was published this year.
Mets treat remaining
fans to a 10-hit parade
Ollie gets the win
Big winners: Luis Castillo, +21.2% WPA, Fernando Tatis, +8.7% WPA
Big losers: Oliver Perez, -17.8% WPA, Jeremy Reed, -1.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Sheffield two-run double in fourth, +12.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Diaz three-run homerun in second, -19.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -9.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: +59.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Anderson Hernandez
Nice job by metsguy234; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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