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Bravely Swept: Mets 5, Braves 4

Not really a great game for the Mets, though with a little help from the Braves' defense it turned into a great win. The Mets left eleven men on base and Pedro Martinez allowed four runs in seven innings (four runs bad, seven innings good). His strikeout rate was pretty good and his 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk rate was fine, so there were definitely some positive signs there.

Carlos Delgado has been struggling a bit lately, so it was nice to see him get off the schneid against the wretched Braves by going 5-for-5 including the game-winning "single" off "Vladimir" "Nunez". David Wright scored the winning run and went 3-for-4 with a homerun and a walk. Ramon Castro went 0-for-4 and will now ride the pine for the next two weeks while Jerry Manuel needlessly gives playing time to Brian Schneider and Robinson Cancel.

Luis Ayala gave up just one hit in an inning and a third for the win in relief, and erstwhile Met Anderson Hernandez knocked in a run in the Nationals' win over the Phillies. The Mets move to 2.5 games in front of Philadelphia and six games ahead of the Marlins. The Braves are*chortle* 15 games back. The Mets are now 14 games over .500 and have the third-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs and Brewers.

Big winners: Carlos Delgado, +73.3% WPA, David Wright, +23.6% WPA
Big losers: Pedro Martinez, -19.3% WPA, Fernando Tatis, -13.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Delgado RBI "single", +28.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: McCann two-run double, -25.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +12.8%
Total batter WPA: +37.2%
GWRBI: Carlos Delgado

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by BobbyV_Incognito; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Name # of Posts
BobbyV_Incognito 73
Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright 49
JoshNY 29
pingel 28
goth brooks 21
gogomets 20
tbach81 12
kendynamo 9
Shomov 6
Kevin in NM 5
johnnyapple 5
anonymous 5
mmxii 4
The Beef 4
kingcritical 1