Sure, I was glued to the Rangers game for most of the night (hockey!), but that didn’t stop the Metsies from rolling off another win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. This time, Atlanta was coming in hot — the Bravos had won five straight since starting the season 0-4 — but Dillon Gee was able to lead New York to a 6-1 victory anyway.
Gee allowed just four hits, one walk and one run in his seven innings. He also struck out five batters, including getting Juan Francisco swinging on a high fastball to end the 7th. That inning started off with a Dan Uggla single and a catcher’s interference call that allowed Jason Heyward to reach first, but Gee’s work to get out of the jam effectively extinguished Atlanta’s last real hope.
Mark Simon of ESPN New York does a great job examining how Gee had so much success versus the Braves, and in particular Chipper Jones. It turns out that Gee’s Game Score rating of 69 from last night is the best for any Mets starters this season. Yes, 69.
Meanwhile, Ike Davis had the biggest play of the night. In the top of the 6th with runners at the corners and two outs in a 1-1 game, the Mets first baseman ripped a home run to left field to blow the game open. Right before Davis stepped up to the plate, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitcher Tommy Hanson made the very logical move to intentionally walk the red hot David Wright, but Davis made them pay.
“He’s thrown it every at-bat, every pitch, every time I’ve faced him,” Davis said, referring to curveballs from Hanson. “If you go back at the records, it’s probably maybe three or four fastballs in something like 30 at-bats. The Braves really throw me a lot of off-speed most of the time. So I think the first series I saw three fastballs to open the year off of them the whole series. So obviously they think I’m a fastball hitter. And I haven’t had great success against them, because they’ve thrown pitchers’ pitches with their off-speed pitches.”
It’s great to see Davis bust out of his first week slump with home runs in consecutive games. It’s even better that he’s adjusting to how pitchers deal with him. I’m pretty psyched to watch him continue to mash this season. Maybe later this week he’ll push that OPS over .600!
More Mets notes from Monday
- Jason Bay made a spectacular catch by reaching over the left field wall to bring back a potential Jack Wilson home run. He also pounded out a meaningless solo home run to center field in the top of the ninth. Bay seems to be enjoying his time away from Queens and will hopefully earn a less chilly reception from the Citi Field crowd by the time the road trip is over.
- Jon Rauch allowed his first hit of the season, but still managed a scoreless eighth inning.
- Tim Byrdak pitched a perfect ninth with strikeouts of lefties Eric Hinske and Jason Heyward.
- Josh Thole hit a pair of singles to raise his line to .375/.500/.458 with six walks and only one strikeout. David Wright and Kirk Nieuwenhuis also reached base twice for New York.
The Mets are now 3-1 on the current road trip. They’ll try to stay hot tonight at 7:10 when Johan Santana takes the mound against Randall Delgado and the Braves.