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Beatdown: Mets 10, Pirates 1

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I don't really have much to add to this. Sam already covered the important part: Brian Stokes made an appearance, even though it took a complete blowout and a Jerry Manuel suspension to make it happen.

The Mets won their sixth straight game, and even though they should beat teams like the Pirates, they haven't always done so. Besides, even though the Pittsburgh has a lot of trouble scoring runs, Paul Maholm is a fine pitcher who has historically thrown very well against the Mets, so it's a good sign for the Mets' offense that they managed to do so much damage against him. Every starter except Ramon Castro notched at least two hits on Saturday, so the hitting department is finally starting to come together.

And finally, for all of the bellyaching and alarmism that blanketed the first three weeks of the season, the Mets are in first place in the NL East. How'd they do it? Grission. Oh, and actually playing well.

Swag Contest

Swag contest results can be found here and the next game's swag form already available. You can read more about the swag contest here.

SB Nation Coverage

* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Bucs Dugout Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: John Maine, +23.5% WPA, Jose Reyes, +10.3% WPA
Big losers: Carlos Delgado, -9.3% WPA, Ramon Castro, -1.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wright RBI single in fourth, +11.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Delgado strikeout in fourth, -5.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +24.9% WPA
Total batter WPA: +25.1% WPA
GWRBI!: David Wright

Game Thread Roll Call

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

Num Name # of Posts
1 future 85
2 squid92 81
3 DevonEdwards 75
4 aparkermarshall 72
5 JohnPeterson 50
6 Meddler 49
7 Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright 41
8 supermets 29
9 Greenpoint Ian 28
10 metsman07 27