Perhaps the last thing anyone expected with in last night's Mets game was a victory. Pitching for the Mets was Kaz Ishii, who lacks consistency and control. His counterpart for the NL West leading Padres was Jake Peavy. Add the fact that the Mets have a love of .500 ball and it seems like an automatic loss. It was anything but that. Ishii pitched 6 shutout innings and allowed only four hits. We'll consider Ishii lucky that his 5 walks didn't materialize into runs. He was aided by offensive explosions in the 5th and 6th inning when the Mets, who won 12-0, scored 4 and 7 runs respectively.
With the sweep, the Mets are now a whopping three games above .500, 3rd in the NL East, and 4.5 games behind the Braves, who moved into a tie for first with the Nationals last night. They Mets are also 4.5 games out of the wild card.
So the question now is where do the Mets go from here? Do they drop the next three to the Dodgers and move back to their magic win percentage, or do they make a stand here. With the trading deadline rapidly approaching, if the Mets are to contend, something might need to happen.
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