The Least You Should Know:
Chris Young started for the Mets and allowed a run on four hits in seven innings for his third win of the season.
Jason Bay delivered a two-run single in the first inning.
David Wright reached base three times today - his on-base percentage is now .427 for the year.
The Mets scored four runs with two outs int he first inning.
Ronny Cedeno drove in five runs (which matched a career-high) and went 3-for-4 on the afternoon.
Scott Hairston singled and scored two runs, and is now hitting .310 against left-handed pitching this season.
The Mets were 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position, left six runners on base, and scored eight of their nine runs with two outs.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY's In-Game Live.
After what the Mets did offensively last night, today felt very refreshing. They got on the board quickly against Barry Zito, hitting him for four runs in the first inning - all with two outs - and set the tone for a very smooth afternoon. What's more, they tacked on a few runs thanks to key RBI from Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston in the fifth inning. They hit with runners in scoring position and most of their base runners ended up scoring - that usually results in success, as was the case today.
It was nice of Bay to show up to today's game. He delivered immediately with a two-run single in the first inning, and contributed towards the cause for a change. Look, as long as Bay is on the team, I am going to root for him. Considering he busts his butt out there, I really want Bay to succeed and really want him to provide any positive contribution he can. Hopefully he can build on today's game - it could not have been much worse for him.
Chris Young got back to what makes him successful by establishing the upper half of the strike zone with his fastball. He has struggled so badly to locate his fastball up in the zone as of late, but he did a nice job of doing so today. That got him quick outs which in turn kept his pitch count down and the bullpen out of the game in the middle innings. So much has been made about his struggles in the middle innings of many of his outings, and I buy into both the fatigue and familiarity factor with Young in that part of the game. But his biggest challenge has been his ability to locate his fastball. Period. Given the velocity on his fastball, he must have his command from start to finish regardless of the pitch count - he will get hit hard if that is absent. He did that today all while maintaining his stamina for seven strong innings.
In general, the Mets have looked a lot better on this road trip. They have still had bouts of ugliness from all angles, but wins are wins, and they got three in a very difficult ballpark for road teams to win. They are now 5-3 on this west coast swing with three more in San Diego this weekend. As they did earlier in the season, the Mets have to take care of the Padres, finish this road trip on a positive note, and get back to .500 for the trip home on Sunday night.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets open a three-game series with the Padres tomorrow night at Petco Park, with R.A. Dickey facing Clayton Richard at 10:05 PM ET.