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Mets 8, Pirates 7: We Will Not Go Quietly Into The Night!

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Entertaining game, minus the Jenrry Mejia injury (he left in the third inning with an acute strain in the back of his right shoulder). He will undergo an MRI and we will be sure to relay any updates on the busted pitcher front. After falling behind 5-0 early on, the Mets scored eight runs, including a seven-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Here's how it went down:

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Angel Pagan avoided one of the great embarrassments in baseball -- making two outs in an inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jose Reyes cracked a solo home run in the sixth inning -- his tenth longball of the season -- to finish the scoring.

Raul Valdes was lit up in relief of Mejia, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of work. Regardless, he "earned" the win. And as we all know, "in pitching, the only thing that really matters is wins". Good on Raul, then. A slew of relievers were generally effective thereafter. Despite allowing a lead-off home run to Andrew McCutchen in the ninth inning, Hisanori Takahashi converted his seventh save in as many opportunities. Is he a true closer? Does he have that mentality? I need to talk to some old baseball men to find out.

Some other random notes:

  • David Wright went 1-for-3 and drew a walk. At this point, a David walk is almost as nice as a home run. His power has improved enormously from 2009 to 2010, but his walk rate has decreased.
  • Keith Hernandez bounced around Citi Field during the SNY broadcast, and operated a camera at one point. It added some color to an already lively game. I think it qualifies as an idea to keep fans interested. Here's Keith in action:
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    "It's very difficult."
  • I don't know what to make of Elmer Dessens. He needed just four pitches to complete a scoreless inning tonight. His ERA is a stellar 1.99 but his defense independent stats suggest sub-replacement level performance. That makes 73.1 innings the last two seasons in which he has maintained a crazy-low BABIP and crazy-high strand rate. His K/BB rate during that span is an atrocious 30/24, which seems more indicative of his true talent and what should be expected going forward. However, as unlikely and unverifiable as it may be, maybe he has some hidden ability for inducing strong results despite an apparently poor process. I wouldn't bet on it though.
  • Totally off topic but not worthy of a full post: Everyone (and by everyone, I mean the denizens of the baseball Internets) needs to relax with the Cy Young and MVP Award grousing. There's still three weeks of baseball to be played. No need to go bonkers over CC vs. Felix or Josh Hamilton vs. Miguel Cabrera with 10% of the season remaining. Discussion about the awards is feverish to begin with -- at least wait until the season is over to kick the tires.

That makes three satisfying wins in a row. And a 73-73 record, back to .500. Mike Pelfrey will try to make it a sweep on Thursday night against Charlie Morton, he of the 9.05 ERA.

Poem by Howard Megdal

Met offense makes much of Pirate mistakes
Mejia apes Johan; one more pitcher breaks

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Bucs Dugout Gamethread

Win Probability Added

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Big winners: Angel Pagan +21.1%, Elmer Dessens +20.2%
Big losers: Raul Valdes -24.6%, Pat Misch -8.0%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Ruben Tejada fielder's choice +21.7%
Teh sux0rest play: Pedro Alvarez RBI triple -14.9%
Total pitcher WPA: -1.4%
Total batter WPA: +51.4%
GWRBI!: Jose Reyes

Game Thread Roll Call

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

Num Name # of Posts
1 MookieTheCat 153
2 KeithsMoustache 128
3 Spike Davis 100
4 aparkermarshall 90
5 fxcarden 88
6 NetsMets4Life 79
7 BrockRocks 65
8 jdon 65
9 Gina 61
10 isles732 44