For the first time since 1998, the Mets have shut out the Phillies, this time 5-0. Hisanori Takahashi got his first Major League win, pushing the Mets within three games of first place and a game over .500.
A night after R.A. Dickey shut out the Phillies and pitched six innings, Takahashi picked up the mantle and went six of his own. One key for the two games was the Mets pitching staff allowed only one walk. Takahashi struck out six and extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings.
Although they didn’t score as many runs as last night, the Mets still produced offensively. Jose Reyes continued his hot streak as he had two hits, including his first home run in the third inning.
The Mets only got seven hits but again took advantage of scoring opportunities. Helping out in that effort was that Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo each had two stolen bases. Pagan also had two hits. Rod Barajas also had a big night, plating three runs off a double and sacrifice fly.
With tonight’s win, the Mets have now taken two each against two really good teams in the Phillies and the Yankees. Mike Pelfrey will go for the sweep Thursday night, but he’ll have a difficult battle as he’ll face Cole Hamels.
With the pitching performances by Dickey and Takahashi, do the Mets really need to worry about John Maine and Oliver Perez? Keep Perez in the bullpen. and it’s time to release Maine. He’s been nothing but a walking injury. Do you agree?