It was almost as though Game 1 of this series didn’t happen, and the teams reversed roles.
Shelby Miller came into the night with everybody expecting him to dominate — and he did, for the most part. Miller struck out 10 New York Mets without walking anybody but made a few mistake pitches that Mets were able to turn into two home runs and a couple of RBI singles.
On the flip side, Dillon Gee stranded numerous St. Louis Cardinals on the bases, allowing just one run on an Allen Craig homer in the sixth inning.
Gee has all but guaranteed with this start that he will remain in the Mets rotation. He seems to be back to normal, and perhaps even better than he has been in previous years, striking out batters and limiting walks at levels he has yet to achieve in previous seasons. Lately, he has avoided hard contact as well.
Dillon’s kryptonite is still the sixth inning. Only in his start against the New York Yankees has he not allowed a run in the sixth. That does not bode well for the Mets, as if he stays in the rotation they will rely heavily on him to remain both durable and effective late in games. Hopefully for the team, Gee can rectify this issue quickly to help the team right the ship.
A highlight of he game was Daniel Murphy scoring on a single to right. He was running on the pitch, but still, scoring from first on a single is a wonderful feat, keeping in line with the Mets’ superb base-running coaches. Murphy did not once turn to look at the play, and third base coach Tim Teufel made an astute observation on Murph’s chances to score.