Porcello, Schlereth shelled, Mets ride a pair of grand slams to 14-3 win over Tigers

Final - 6.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 2 0 0 7 4 0 0 1 0 14 18 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 10 1
WP: R.A. Dickey (4 - 7)
LP: Rick Porcello (6 - 6)

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Tigers' Schlereth is 1st pitcher to give up 2 grand slams in same game since Astros' Brandon Backe vs. Diamondbacks on 8/16/08

Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran were the Mets who went yard in a big way. Despite his status as a "prospect," Daniel Schlereth is not good at baseball. Not right now, anyway. It's time to work on Schlereth's game...back in Toledo.


Is there ever a key play when you're down 13-0 after 4 1/2 innings?


That was one damn ugly game. The Tigers played ugly from the start, while the Mets got really sloppy with their play after taking a 254-0 lead. Well, it felt like a 254-0 lead after Schlereth was pulled.

As bad as Schlereth was, Rick Porcello's night was just as disturbing. The Mets had good swings all game long, but it all fell apart for Porcello in the 4th inning, as five consecutive two out hits ended his evening. 

It doesn't get much worse than 3.2 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 0 K for any starting pitcher, let alone one with the talent of Porcello. In his last three starts, he's thrown only 11.1 innings, allowing 28 hits, 18 earned runs, only striking out 2. Porcello is throwing batting practice. You can color me more than a little concerned.

But sometimes it's all about luck. Mets starter R.A. Dickey had his fair share. Via MLB.com's Chris Vannini:

R.A. Dickey has given up 10 hits and 16 baserunners through seven innings, but has only allowed three runs and will earn a W.

Indeed. the Tigers couldn't score on the aging knuckleballer until the game was far, far, far out of hand.

One Met didn't need luck. Jose Reyes is just plain great at baseball. He was 4-4 and only a home run away from the cycle...after five innings. You can begin your ridiculous trade scenarios starting...NOW!

In the post game presser, Jim Leyland put the blowout in perspective: "Yeah, they happen."

This tweet from the Grand Poohbah of BYB says it all about tonight's debacle:

Glad this is Big Al's night of doing the recap. ::click::

Unless you're a masochist (or stuck writing a recap), I'm sure many of you did the same, and found better things to do.

In more pleasant news, Carlos Guillen made his second rehab appearance with the Lakekand Tigers today. MLB.com's Jason Beck has the numbers:

Carlos Guillen goes 1-for-5 with a single tonight for Class A Lakeland. He was the DH.

Cool. Now let's see Guillen do this for a month...Hell, even two weeks straight. Then we'll at least talk about his playing 2nd base for the Tigers.

Don't forget, All Star Game voting closes on Thursday. VOTE AVILA!

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