The Mets sweep the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa

By garymarchese

The New York Mets defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win their third straight game.  They were coming into this series after being swept at Yankee Stadium by the New York Yankees.  Why did the Mets sweep this three game series??  The Mets won the three games by the scores of 11-2, 9-1 and 9-6.  The offense did a great job in St. Petersburg.

The offense of the Mets was the biggest reason that they were able to sweep the three game series.  The Rays have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.  The Rays though weren’t able to hold the Mets down.  The Mets were able to score 29 runs in three games which comes out to almost ten runs per game.

In the first game the Mets got four RBI from Jordany Valdespin which was a career high.  They also got a pretty good performance out of Chris Young who won his first game since April of 2011.  Ike Davis continues to appear to be coming out of his slump.  Davis blasted a three run homerun.  In the second game R.A. Dickey pitched a one hitter.  I thought the one hit was an error but it was in the first inning and it would have been a very tough play.  The Mets did protest the call and on Friday Joe Torre ruled that the play would stand as a hit.  The Mets were able to pounce on David Price the American league wins leader.  Andres Torres led the offense with three hits and Daniel Murphy and David Wright each had a couple of RBI.  In the third game on Thursday afternoon Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit two homeruns.  It was the first multi homer game of his career.  The Mets were able to hold on after a late charge from the Rays.

The Mets have been playing really good baseball overall.  They had a tough series at Yankee Stadium against the Yankees but were able to bounce back in this series.  I think all of their anger and frustration from the Yankees series came out in this one.  The ironic thing is that with the sweep the Mets really helped the Yankees.

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