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3 Up, 3 Down: Mets destroy Tigers' pitching

Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:46 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:05 am

By Matt Snyder

Mets' offense. What a bloodbath. The Mets put the hurt on the Tigers' pitching staff, again, with a 20-hit, 16-run game. Oddly enough, the Mets hit zero home runs. Only three players had extra-base hits, but they just collected knock after knock. Ronny Paulino and Angel Pagan both had four hits and two doubles. Pagan and Daniel Murphy each collected four RBI. Paulino scored four runs. Pagan scored three times. Scott Hairston had a triple and three RBI. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit and the following had two: Jose Reyes, Justin Turner, Carlos Beltran, Ruben Tejada and Murphy. Amazingly, this was the fourth consecutive game the Mets scored at least eight runs, which ties the longest such streak in franchise history (ESPN New York). Also, the 52 runs in the four-game stretch was a franchise record (ESPN New York). All this without David Wright or Ike Davis. They'll get to try their hot offense against none other than Justin Verlander Thursday. Something's gotta give.

Scott Baker, Twins. If not for the Mets, you'd see Baker's picture above. The right-hander has long had great stuff but lacked consistency the past two seasons and early this year. Of late, though, he's kicked things into another gear and is probably headed for his first All-Star Game (I mean, who else are you going to send from the Twins?). Wednesday afternoon, he spun a gem against the Dodgers, working 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just six hits and one walk. In Baker's last seven starts, he's 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 46 strikeouts against just nine walks. It's pretty safe to say Baker's the Twins' top pitcher at this point, and he started the season as the No. 5 starter.

Ricky Nolasco, Marlins. Here's another pitcher who seems to have great ability but can't stay consistent -- only Nolasco is more extreme on both fronts. I believe he has better stuff and he's far less consistent than Baker. Nolasco had actually been pretty bad of late, too. Heading into his Wednesday start against the A's, he was 0-3 with a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts. Throw that out the window, though, because Nolasco threw his second career shutout Wednesday. He carved through the A's lineup and only allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three. He left the bases loaded in the first, but settled in after that and cruised. Meanwhile, the Marlins picked up their fourth win in June.

Jordan Zimmermann's support. The young pitcher was brilliant Wednesday in trying to help the Nats to give Davey Johnson his first victory as the new Washington manager. Zimmermann pitched eight innings of four-hit ball. He only walked one. The only run he allowed came on a double play and was unearned due to a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error. Meanwhile, the Nationals' offense was handcuffed, accruing just five baserunners all game. So Zimmermann's ERA is down to 2.63, but he's 5-7. The Nats have now scored two runs or less in seven of Zimmermann's 16 starts. Don't pay attention to the record, the 25-year-old Zimmermann is developing into a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. 

Red Sox in interleague play. The Red Sox are 8-1 against the Yankees and have a 39-26 record against the American League. After losing to the Phillies again Wednesday night, the Red Sox are now 6-8 against the NL, including having lost two of three to the Padres and Pirates and face a sweep at the hands of the Phillies Thursday. Small sample size? Of course. Interesting? You bet.

Zach Duke, Diamondbacks. After a promising beginning to his Diamondbacks' career, Duke has been pretty bad. Wednesday, Duke lasted five innings, allowing nine hits, two walks and four earned runs. He took the loss and the D-Backs have now lost four of five, but the bigger issue is where things appear to be headed. In his last four starts, Duke is 0-2 with 9.47 ERA and 2.26 WHIP. As the D-Backs try to hang with the Giants in the NL West, this is simply not going to cut it.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:18 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Mets destroy Tigers' pitching

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Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:39 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Mets destroy Tigers' pitching

What is that 4 games in a row with more than 10 runs keep it up METS if you can keep it up who knows what will happen.

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:56 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Mets destroy Tigers' pitching

Aarrrggghh, Matey!  Shiver me timbers but the Sox lost 2 to the Pirates, *not* the Brewers.  Lift that eye patch before you roll out the guns, Cap't.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:47 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Mets destroy Tigers' pitching

The Red Sox did not lose 2 of 3 to the Brewers.

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