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Intermission: Mets 9, Reds 7

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In two games since the trade:

Jeff Francoeur: 4-for-9, 2 RsBI, 29 pitches seen
Ryan Church: 1-for-9, 1 RsBI, 32 pitches seen

We win!

Even though the Mets are still 6.5 games back in the NL East, they finish the traditional first half of the season on a good note, winning their last two games against a slightly better opponent in the Reds. Mike Pelfrey pitched well enough to pick up his seventh win of the season, allowing three runs on five hits -- four singles and a double -- and two walks, striking out four and getting eleven groundouts to six flyouts. He certainly wasn't overpowering, getting just five swinging strikes out of 115 pitches thrown (4.3%). Pelfrey did commit his sixth balk of the season, and is quickly creeping up the Mets' all-time list for most balks in a season:

Num Player Balks Year
1 David Cone 10 1988
2 Sid Fernandez 9 1988
3 Bob Ojeda 7 1988
4 Dwight Gooden 7 1984
5 Jerry Koosman 7 1975
6 Roger Craig 6 1963

The Mets' top-heavy offense got meaty contributions from its lesser half, as the lineup combined for sixteen hits and two walks, scoring early and often against Aaron Harang and the Reds' bullpen. Every starter had at least one hit with Luis Castillo's three hits (and a walk) leading the way. Quietly, Castillo has had a pretty decent season and his .386 on-base percentage is second among qualifying Mets. Francoeur picked up a single and a double, though he saw just 12 pitches in five times to the plate. It's hard to complain when he's getting his hits, but when he hits the skids his lack of patience will come up again and again.

The Mets' bullpen provided a bleak contrast to the lineup's lustre, as Sean Green and Pedro Feliciano tried to give the game away in the eighth before Bobby Parnell came on and shut things down. Francisco Rodriguez had another tough ninth, allowing two of the first three batters to reach before getting Brandon Phillips to hit an RBI groundout to David Wright and then striking out Laynce Nix to end the game.

The next Mets game is Thursday in Atlanta. Monday night is the homerun derby and we'll be running a little contest to make it a bit more interesting, so look for that around noon tomorrow.

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

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Red Reporter Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Mike Pelfrey: +20.4% WPA, David Wright, +15.5% WPA
Big losers: Pedro Feliciano, -5.0% WPA, Sean Greenn -4.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wright RBI double in first, +10.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Hernandez RBI single in eighth, -8.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +22.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +28.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Brian Schneider

Game Thread Roll Call

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

Num Name # of Posts
1 Jadden Hopkins 57
2 wrightnumber5 46
3 Chickendirt 33
4 Pat Andriola 28
5 MetsFan4Decades 25
6 AnthonyR 24
7 Michkin 23
8 firejerrynow 19
9 Schmidtxc 18
10 Prince 16