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How to stop the Mets’ bats? Put an outfielder on the mound

Jun 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

Don Kelly

As mentioned in the recaps, the Mets have been on an absolute offensive tear lately, scoring 16, 14, 8 and 14 runs in their last four games, respectively. Last night’s outburst was accompanied by 20 hits, and after Tigers’ middle reliever David Purcey was smacked around for four runs, Jim Leyland waved the white flag and put outfielder Don Kelly to pitch.

And he didn’t do half bad. He threw four pitches to Scott Hairston — ball, ball, a strike looking and a foul ball — before inducing a fly out to center field. His fastball was clocked at 86 MPH.

And hey: he’s the only Tigers pitcher wh who hasn’t given up a hit to Mets batters this series.

Viva la Don.

  1. sdelmonte - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    I can’t imagine things won’t change today. But you never know till they play.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    How’s the NL east doing vs. the AL?

    • kopy - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      36-30

  3. tsi4431 - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Considering the Mets had to play the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, and Angels for inter-league play they are doing surprisingly good. All 1st place teams.

    • ptho16 - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      How can the Angels and Rangers be first place teams?

      • bennyblanco1 - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        There records are pretty close. Rangers up a game or two.

    • sdelmonte - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      And this is why interleague play should be like NFC vs AFC: every team in a division should play the same teams as much as possible (taking into account rivals). And it’s about time that the rivals only played one series.

    • dink53 - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Actually, the Tigers are just a place holder until another AL Central team decides to be just a little less mediocre and stumbles into 1st. They’ve started their second half collapse a little early.

  4. ngearhart1981 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    He would look good on the Phillies.

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