Final Score: Mets 16 Tigers 9

The New York Mets (41-39) defeated the Detroit Tigers (43-38) tonight by a score of 16-9.

For a complete box score and game recap, check out SNY.TV.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Chris Capuano (7-7) threw five innings and allowed six hits and five runs, while striking out six.
  • Angel Pagan slugged four hits, drove in four runs and scored three times.
  • Ronny Paulino collected four hits and an RBI of his own, scoring four times in the process.
  • Jason Bay went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, four walks, an RBI and two stolen bases.
  • Daniel Murphy delivered two-out, two-run singled in the seventh and eighth to provide some much-needed breathing room.
  • Jose Reyes collected another multi-hit game and stole his 30th base of the year.
  • Every Mets in the lineup had at least one hit tonight.
  • The fifty runs the Mets have scored over their last four games is the most they’ve scored in any four game stretch in franchise history.

Terry Collins Post-Game Comments:

Terry Collins spoke to reporters after tonight’s. During the discussion, Collins basically said:

  • After the game, he told the team how proud he was of them for how they have handled this road trip.
  • Murphy’s two RBI singles were huge hits to put the game away.
  • He took the responsibility for the Tim Byrdak mix up in the seventh inning, saying he assumed Byrdak was ready when he was not.
  • Bobby Parnell was throwing hard and was charged up to try and get the team out of a jam.
  • He sent the team’s thoughts out to Willie Harris and his wife, who went into labor tonight ahead of schedule.

Quick Post-Game Reaction:

  • Capuano worked into the sixth, but couldn’t get an out before surrendering a three-run home run to Miguel Cabrera. Despite what seems like an ugly line, Capuano did what he needed to do after his team got him a big lead: focus on throwing strikes and trying to get the Tigers to put the ball in play.
  • The Mets put up twenty hits tonight, but I thought none were more important than Murphy’s pair of two-out, two-run singles. The Tigers just wouldn’t go away in this one, as leads of 5-0 and 8-2 began to evaporate quickly. But both times Detroit pulled within two runs in the later innings, Murph delivered the clutch hit that put the final nails in their coffin.
  • I imagine this series must be a trip for Terry Collins. Managing against his mentor Jim Leyland, for whom he wears number 10 to honor, Collins had to feverishly move the pieces of the bullpen around tonight to preserve some big leads. And he even did so amongst some confusion in the seventh inning. I’m sure, if nothing else, 30 runs over a two-game span have taken some of the edge off of seeing Leyland in the opposing dugout.
  • With the win tonight, the Mets clinched a winning road trip through Detroit and Texas. Now they go for the jugular against the early favorite in the American League Cy Young race. The Mets have the luxury of playing with house money on getaway day tomorrow, but I’m sure they will be loaded for bear to try to take home their fifth win in a row.

Up Next:

Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 4.78 ERA) will start for the Mets, as they go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. He’ll be opposed by Tigers ace Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38 ERA). Game time is 1:05PM.

Game 80: Mets vs. Tigers at 7:05 PM

Tonight is Detroit, the Mets will look for the series victory when they take on the Tigers at Comerica Park. Game time is 7:05 PM.

Here is tonight’s starting lineup for the Mets:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 3B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Ronny Paulino C
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Scott Hairston DH
8. Daniel Murphy 1B
9. Ruben Tejada 2B

Here is tonight’s starting lineup for the Tigers:

1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Casper Wells RF
3. Magglio Ordonez DH
4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
5. Victor Martinez C
6. Jhonny Peralta SS
7. Brennan Boesch LF
8. Brandon Inge 3B
9. Ryan Raburn 2B

Chris Capuano (6-7, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Mets. Capuano has been outstanding over his last three starts, as he boasts a 0.95 ERA over that span. He allowed just five hits while striking out seven in six innings against the A’s last week at Citi Field. Capuano has allowed three runs in seven career innings against Detroit.

Phil Coke (1-7, 4.32 ERA) will start for the Tigers. Coke is looking for his first win since April 14 tonight, as he’s struggled with his command over the last month. He allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks five days ago. Coke has made four relief appearances against the Mets in his career, allowing three hits in three career innings against them.

Recap: Paul DePodesta conf. call with bloggers

Tonight, Vice President of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta held a conference call with Mets bloggers.

Below is a recap of the questions and responses:

Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com: When evaluating amateur talent, from both a pitching and a hitting standpoint, what are some of the keys you’re looking for and what seems to catch your eye when watching players?

Paul DePodesta: At the top of the draft, we get a little greedy. We want everything. For pitchers, we look at command, power and secondary stuff. On the hitting side, we look for power and patience at the plate, plus solid defense. In the absence of those things, which even happens in the first round, you have to start balancing what you think is important. As you move through the draft you ask ‘is there a guy with a plus breaking ball? Above average command?’ Those types of things we look for and how it changes through the three days.

Kerel Cooper, On the Black: Do you plan on watching the movie ‘Moneyball’, and what do you think of Jonah Hill playing a fictionalized character of him in the movie?

Paul DePodesta: I knew sooner or later I’d have to answer this question. At some point I’ll see it. It’s a little surreal & it’s a little awkward and hopefully it will be fun and enjoyable. When I spoke to Jonah Hill I reminded him just to a lot of fun with the role because that’s how I remembered my time in Oakland.

Matthew Artus, Amazin’ Avenue: Before the season, you said the second base job will be a competition until someone takes it themselves. What have you seen at second base at the big league level as well as within in the organization?

Paul DePodesta: These are the probe you hope for in the organization – guys are comfortable and playing well, and that’s the situation with Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy. As we’ve all learned as you go through the 162 game season, you need an awful lot of players. One example is last year is last year, Atlanta’s non-starters were outstanding. Hopefully we’re in that position once we get healthy.

Caryn Rose, Metsgrrl: As an early adopter of social media, when you started blogging did you have any theories about it?

Paul DePodesta: I certainly wasn’t skilled at it, nor am I still. The thing that struck me was the idea you could have a one-on-one with our fans, our stakeholders and that was pretty powerful. This forum allows for us to be interactive and a much more personal conversation. When I first started, Some of the dialogue Ive been able to have with the fans is meaningful for me, and hopefully for them.

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Pre-Game News: David Wright to hit off tee tomorrow

This afternoon in Detroit, Terry Collins spoke with reporters and said David Wright swung a bat in a pool today, and expects he will hit off a tee tomorrow. He expects Wright will begin playing in rehab games late next week.

He also said Jon Niese, who left his start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat on Saturday, will make his scheduled start this Friday against the Yankees.

Original Post, 2:30 pm:

Here is tonight’s starting lineup for the Mets:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 3B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Ronny Paulino C
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Scott Hairston DH
8. Daniel Murphy 1B
9. Ruben Tejada 2B

Chris Capuano LHP

Capuano has a 0.95 ERA in his last three starts.

Here is tonight’s starting lineup for the Tigers:

1. Austin Jackson CF
2. Casper Wells RF
3. Magglio Ordonez DH
4. Miguel Cabrera 1B
5. Victor Martinez C
6. Jhonny Peralta SS
7. Brennan Boesch LF
8. Brandon Inge 3B
9. Ryan Raburn 2B

Phil Coke LHP