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It's been a good week for the Mets. Beginning last Thursday, they won their series finale in Milwaukee, split a four-game series in Pittsburgh, and took the first two games against the Braves the past couple of nights. In the process, they passed the Marlins to move into third place and finally got back to .500.
The starting pitching has been outstanding, but the lineup has been able to score at a pretty good pace, especially given the fact that David Wright and Ike Davis have been on the shelf for quite some time now. The bullpen certainly isn't perfect, but it appears to have gotten over its collective woes from the beginning of the month.
All stats below are from June 9 through June 15.
|Player||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|Manny Acosta||Loaded the bases while recording only one out in his only appearance.|
|Jason Bay, LF||Another week without an extra-base hit. Will Bay get a green arrow in this space before the end of July?|
|Pedro Beato, RP||He was used only once and walked the only batter he faced.|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||No extra-base hits for Carlos either, but his week wasn't awful or anything.|
|Taylor Buchholz, RP||No changes in Buchholz's DL status.|
|Tim Byrdak, RP||Four strikeouts and one walk in two innings of scoreless work, some of which was against righty hitters.|
|Chris Capuano, SP||With another great start, Capuano's ERA slowly gets closer to his xFIP, which is third-best on the staff at 3.86.|
|D.J. Carrasco, RP||Called up from Buffalo after going there to work things out, D.J. threw 2.1 innings without allowing a baserunner.|
|Ike Davis, 1B||He's got a doctor's appointment next week, so there's that.|
|R.A. Dickey, SP||Dickey went eight innings strong, and if it seems like the bullpen has gotten rest lately it's because the starters are giving the team innings.|
|Lucas Duda||In limited playing time, Duda's still not hitting major league pitching.|
|Dillon Gee, SP||Twelve more innings, ten strikeouts, two walks, and only one run allowed. Would have been even more innings if not for the weather last night.|
|Scott Hairston, OF||Unlike last week, Hairston played, and one of his two trips to the plate resulted in a home run.|
|Willie Harris, OF||In six plate appearances, .500/.667/.500. That's the smallest of samples, but by Harris' standards that's a good week.|
|Jason Isringhausen, RP||Izzy's been successful overall but not dominating, and his one run in two innings this week was more of that.|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||He made a pretty big unofficial error at third base to help cost the Mets a game and hit .286/.333/.357.|
|Jon Niese, SP||A 1.93 ERA in fourteen innings, and these days it's becoming clear that Niese is the best pitcher on the team.|
|Angel Pagan, CF||The 1.106 OPS on the week almost earned him the fireball, but he made a couple of baserunning blunders to remain at the green arrow.
|Bobby Parnell, RP||Seven strikeouts in three innings of work. That's the Parnell I've really liked watching the past two seasons.|
|Ronny Paulino||He didn't hit much, but his playing time is down as Thole has looked better at the plate.|
|Mike Pelfrey, SP||The rotation is on a roll, and that certainly includes Pelfrey. Seven excellent innings of work for him.|
|Jason Pridie, CF||Not much production here in only a handful of trips to the plate.|
|Jose Reyes, SS||.375/.364/.594 with a pair of stolen bases, and he's scorching the ball every game.|
|Francisco Rodriguez, RP||Looks like his short span of struggles has subsided.|
|Ruben Tejada||He's looking a lot more like Ruben Tejada at the plate.|
|Josh Thole, C||He's not exactly tearing it up, but the .364 OBP this week is pretty much what the Mets hope for in Thole.|
|Justin Turner, 2B||He didn't hit much early in the week and has a sore thumb now.|
|David Wright, 3B||Like Davis, he'll see the doctor next week and hope for good news on his injury.|