The Mets (51-44) defeated the Colorado Rockies (39-57) by the score of 7 to 0 in Shea Stadium.
The win gives the Mets nine wins in a row heading into the All Star break.
The Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, keeping the Mets and Phillies tied in the loss column for first place in the NL East.
- Mike Pelfrey was again fantastic, moving his record to 8-6 and lowering his ERA to 3.63. He tossed eight more shutout innings, and did not walk a batter. Including the last inning of his July 3rd start against the Cardinals, Pelfrey has now not allowed a run in sixteen straight innings, and just one in his last 24. He has lowered his ERA a shade over a full run in the past month.
- Pelfrey looked absolutely dominant, using his devastating sinker to induce 15 ground ball outs and firing his newly rediscovered 95 mph 4-seam fastball to change the eye level of the confounded Colorado hitters.
- Carlos Beltran hit a big three run homer, his 15th of the year in the bottom of the first, setting the tone for the team’s offense. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.
- Later, in the fifth inning, Carlos Delgado hit a monster two run shot, his 17th, to right center.
- Damion Easley made an awesome play at the pivot, scooping up a bounced throw from David Wright, dragging his foot across the bag and firing a bullet to Carlos Delgado to complete a big double play.
- Jose Reyes was the subject of a big segment by Peter Gammons, who outlined just how important he is to this team, and Jon Miller brought up the fact that, for a guy hitting over .300 with 20+ doubles, 10 triples, 10 homers, 63 runs and 32 SBs, it’s strange that he’s not on the All Star team. I think it’s mostly to do with the temper tantrums and the residual effects of his public struggles the second half of last season, but either way, he should be in the Bronx… for just one day, of course.
- I know the All Star game is at Yankee Stadium, but sheesh, did anyone tell Joe Morgan, Jon Miller or anyone else at ESPN that this was a Mets game, being played at Shea? if I had to hear one more reference to the House that Ruth Built, I was going to be sick.
The Mets now head into the All Star break, with three days off before they take go to Cincinnati to take on the Reds. David Wright and Billy Wagner will represent the Mets in Tuesday’s All Star game at Yankee Stadium.
…having won nine in a row, the All Star break is coming at the worst possible time… let’s just hope they take a quick breather and continue on this hot streak…