Considering the Mets will not be playing baseball for the next two days (thanks Hurricane Irene. Jerk.), we needed something good to happen Friday night to carry us through the weekend. Chris Capuano delivered, throwing the game of his career.
Capuano shut out the Braves, allowing just two hits while striking out a career high 13 and walking zero batters on his way to a 6-0 victory. Dan Uggla broke up with fledgling no-hitter with a clean single in the fifth, David Ross doubled to deep right in the eighth, and that was it.
This is the Capuano we’ve been hoping to see all season, not the one who collapses in the sixth inning. Capuano stayed strong through 122 pitches for his first complete game since 2006. Capuano missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with injury, and pitched in 24 games last season, starting just nine. Could it be that he is only now getting his arm strength back now? Whatever the reason, he looked phenomenal. Hopefully he can keep this up.
Offensively, Angel Pagan, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda each had three hits to lead a 14 hit attack on Tim Hudson and the Braves bullpen. Duda is proving every day that he is the answer to the 2012 right field problem.
The Mets go dark now until Monday, when they open a five-game series with the Marlins with a doubleheader.