Another day, another couple of Mets players leaving mid-game due to injury. In this go-round, Angel Pagan was discharged from action after tweaking his right groin chasing down a Hanley Ramirez flyball in the fourth inning. The injury appears to have been sustained when Pagan quickly altered his path to the ball mid-stride, his face betraying the considerable discomfort in his crotchal area. He is being listed as day-to-day
The second casualty of the afternoon was John Maine, who called it a day after "feeling ill" following his seventh inning warmups. Maine had tossed a gem to that point, but was thankfully relieved by an ever-dominant Pedro Feliciano, who retired the Marlins in order in the seventh. J.J Putz was utterly inept again, allowing three baserunners in just a third of an inning, but Bobby Parnell saved the day by recording the final two outs of the eighth -- despite allowing one of Putz's inherited runners to score. Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in the ninth to secure the victory -- of both the game and the series with the Marlins.
Wilson Valdez made himself useful in his first start with the Mets, drawing a walk and coming around to score in the third and laying down a perfect bunt for an infield hit in the seventh. Fernando Martinez picked up his third big league hit as well as his third big league RBI, while Omir "What's Done Is Done" Santos picked up yet another GWRBI!
Though they didn't face the stiffest of competition, the Mets took five of six on their homestand against he Nationals and Marlins, which is just what a good team should -- but often doesn't -- do. The injuries continue to pile up, but they couldn't have come at a better time as the Mets work their way through one of the soft stretches of their schedule. Now it's off to Pittsburgh for four before hitting the nation's capital for a three-spot.
Big winners: John Maine, +37.3% WPA, Francisco Rodriguez, +16.8% WPA
Big losers: J.J. Putz, -14.2% WPA, David Wright, -9.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Cantu LIDP in sixth, +18.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ramirez RBI single in eighth, -19.9% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +57.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -7.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Omir Santos
Nice job by PSUdevon; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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