An easy win for Oliver Perez, who wasn't great but didn't have to be because the Mets' offense did all of the heavy lifting for him. Somewhat amazingly, Perez stuck around for 6.2 innings and didn't record a single groundball out. He struck out five and induced flyballs on the other fifteen batters he retired. That's craziness.
Perez did walk five batters, which had to be a little disappointing considering that he already had a six-run cushion when he took the mound in the first and the Brewers never got closer than 6-2. You've got a huge lead, just throw strikes, man!
The Mets got another 2.1 scoreless innings of relief out of a bullpen that is suddenly showing signs of aptitude. Even Duaner "Gasoline Fire" Sanchez kept the Brewers off the board in his second consecutive scoreless appearance. He had allowed runs in four of his prior six appearances, none of which lasted even an inning.
Pitching aside, the story of this game was the offense. Every starter reached base either via hit or walk, and everyone except Jose Reyes scored at least one run. Dan Murphy and Carlos Beltran three time apiece, and Reyes (47), Beltran (20) and Luis Castillo (15) each added a stolen base.
I gave the GWRBI to Ryan Church because, using the new, awesome-r rules, he drove in the actual winning run with his grand slam in the first. If we were using the traditional rules, the GWRBI would have gone to Carlos Delgado since he put the Mets ahead for good with his single in the first. So, if you're scoring the old-fashioned way you can give it to Delgado.
The Philthies lost again to the Nationals, so the Mets' lead in the NL East grew to three games. Both teams are off tomorrow before beginning a three-game series at Shea on Friday that culminates in Santana v Hamels on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Big winners: Ryan Church, +16.2% WPA, Oliver Perez, +10.1% WPA
Big losers: Fernando Tatis, -.7% WPA, Luis Castillo, -.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Church salami, +18.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Hardy RBI single in 1st, -3.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +12.6%
Total batter WPA: +37.4%
GWRBI: Ryan Church
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