Z-Cap: Mets Take Series, Game From Marlins 1-0

This afternoon’s Mets/Marlins 1-0 contest (box score) can be best summarized in two words: Duda and pitching.

Lucas Duda was responsible for driving in the game’s only run tonight on an RBI double.  Although I feel this goes without saying, Lucas Duda can hit.  And if this kid doesn’t break spring training next year as the Mets starting right fielder, something is wrong…His double tonight drove in Jose Reyes who went 1-2 tonight, raising his average to .334 on the year.  Although the Mets only plated one run tonight on 5 hits (hat tip to Brad Hand for a nice outing tonight for the Fish), there were things to be proud of.  Two of the five Mets hits came from the suddenly alive Jason Bay who seems to look more confident at the plate lately and has recorded a hit in 5 straight games.  Normally that wouldn’t be that impressive, but if you’ve had the season Bay has, it’s something to be proud of…

The most impressive part of the game tonight for the Mets was the pitching.  R.A. Dickey, Josh Stinson and Manny Acosta combined for the shut out giving up only 5 hits on the night, 4 of which were off of Dickey.  But that doesn’t mean Dickey wasn’t great tonight, extending his scoreless inning pitched streak against the Marlins this season to 20, went another 7 solid frames giving up 3 walks on top of the aforementioned 4 hits.  Although the whip is 1.00 for the evening Dickey still looked dominant tonight.  His knuckler was moving and the Marlins, despite getting two gift errors from the Mets, were unable to muster any real offense tonight.  Also worth noting is that Manny Acosta has probably been the best pitcher out of the bullpen for the Mets in the past month or so.  This was a guy who was once the front runner for save with the Braves just a few years ago…Maybe he’s a better option than Bobby Parnell

Either way, this was a nice win for the Mets getting them back within a game of .500…

I would love nothing more than to see this team finish the season over .500.  So…

Let’s go Mets.

 

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