Another Mets home stand, another successful Mets home stand.
The Mets swept the pesky Marlins to start off the festivities at home, and then took two of three from the surprise team of the National League, the San Diego Padres.
Friday, June 4th: Marlins 3, Mets 4
Saturday, June 5th: Marlins 1, Mets 6
Sunday, June 6th: Marlins 6, Mets 7
Tuesday, June 8th: Padres 1, Mets 2 (11)
Thursday, June 10th: Padres 4, Mets 2 (Game 1), Padres 0, Mets 3 (Game 2)
The Mets had something to prove in the first series of this home stand, as they were facing a Marlins team which had owned the Mets so far in 2010, holding a 6-1 record when facing the Metropolitans.
The Mets won a nail-biter 4-3 on Friday night, thanks in part to Hanley Ramirez not running hard on a ground ball which could have tied the game had he gotten to first base in time. The following afternoon, Jon Niese returned from a hamstring injury and pitched brilliantly, allowing just one run in seven innings.
The series finale didn’t look good for New York, as they were down 5-0 going into the bottom of the 6th inning. A 3-run 6th and 7th would tie the game at 6-6, and then Ike Davis would serve up a game-winning RBI groundout in the 8th inning.
The Mets would then welcome the Friars into Citi Field for the first time since the stadium-opening series in 2009. Pelfrey would pitch brilliantly in the series opener, going nine innings and only allowing one run, but the game was tied at 1, and would go into extras.
Ike Davis would play the role of hero that night, slamming a Edward Mujica fastball deep into the Pepsi Porch in the 11th inning.
Wednesday’s game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday. In the day game, Santana was not too impressive, giving up four runs in 6.2 innings and didn’t seem to have much control, while Mat Latos and the Padres bullpen combined to retire the Mets’ final 22 batters.
The night cap would be the Mets’ best starting pitching performance in five years, by Jon Niese. Niese pitched a complete game shutout, allowing no walks and just one hit, the first one hitter by a Met since Aaron Heilman in April 2005 against the Marlins.
Predicted Mets Home Stand Record: 4-2.
Actual Mets Home Stand Record: 5-1. As has become the norm, the Mets are going well above my expectations at home. Now, if only they could bottle up whatever it is that makes that so, and bring it on the road…
The Mets are now 24-10 at home this season. For the record, if they were .500 on the road, the Mets would be 37-23.