200 Miles From the Citi

July 1, 2010 12:08 PM

Go Figure


A rocky start from Mike Pelfrey (not to mention a rocky finish by Francisco Rodriguez).

Jose Reyes out of the starting lineup.

The Marlins outhitting the Mets 17-10.

Me going to bed well before the final out.

Not quite the mix for a road win - but the Mets pulled it out in the end anyway.

First, a clarification.  I thought Wednesday night was Jerry Manuel resting Jose Reyes.  Turned out Reyes felt his back stiffen up during batting practice, and although he lobbied to stay in the lineup, Manuel sat him.  It is true, though, that Manuel was going to give Reyes and David Wright a night off before the All Star break, so maybe Manuel used this to his advantage to give Reyes the night off in wet conditions on hard artificial turf.

I'm not sure I want Wright to get a day off anytime soon.  He closed out a scorching June with two doubles (24 on the season, the last coming right before I gave up on the game that ended up clocking in at 3 hours, 51 minutes) and 2 more RBI - I'll have a separate post on his June numbers.  But let's wait until he starts cooling off before he gets any time off.

Rodriguez closed out the game with runners on first and third, preserving a 6-5 win for Elmer Dessens.  Dessens pitched just a third of an inning, but got a key out in the fifth inning to get Pelfrey out of a jam.  I've written about Arthur Rhodes, but Dessens is off to a similar start in just his 15th game - his ERA is just 0.63.

A win on the road for the Mets.

A win on the road over the Marlins, who the Mets can't figure out.

And now on to Washington where there are plenty of stories to watch out for - How's Jose Reyes' back?  How will Johan Santana pitch in Washington, a place where he can turn around his season?  How will the Mets do against Stephen Strasburg?

And perhaps most importantly, can they build some momentum on the road and continue to win?

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