The Mets came out with a flurry, fell asleep and took the loss in 10 innings. Jon Niese had an uneven effort and the Rockies just hit when necessary.
Jon Niese looked disappointing through the 5 innings. Niese only walked one, but gave up nine hits, hit two batters and struck out two. He couldn’t seem to put away hitters, but minus a three-run homer to Ryan Spilborghs and a bad-call on a cut off play and this game swings the other way. As on as Niese was with his cutter and fastball, the much ballyhooed curveball was still not seen much and Whether it is a confidence issue or what is to be decided.
The bullpen, minus Jenrry Mejia looked phenomenal as well. Raul Valdes struck out two and gave up one hit, a double to pitcher Aaron Cook. Everyday Nieve gave up a single and struck out one. Pedro Feliciano embraced his 8th inning role, although he walked the only righty he faced. Ryota Igarashi came out throwing absolute flames, topping out at 97mph and striking out one. Welcome to the majors, Jenrry Mejia..you were the goat for the Mets inability to consistently hit, giving up the game-winning home run to Chris Ianetta on a high-fastball.
The Mets bats came out swinging, with Jeff Francouer continuing his torrid pace and sending an absolute blast to LF in the 2nd inning. David Wright laced a frozen rope home run in the 3rd, scoring Luis Castillo. The Mets bats then decided to continue their allergic reaction to hitting with runners in scoring position, not re-appearing until a Rod Barajas single in the 8th scored Jason Bay after Bay successfully stole 2nd. The game was tied, when Luis Castillo hit a sacrifice fly to dead center in the 9th scoring Sarge Jr.
David Wright, despite the home run struck out in some big situations, going 1-5 with three k’s. Jason Bay didn’t help the situation, going 1-5 as well with two k’s. The Mets can’t expect to win with their 4 & 5 hitters going 2-10 with 5 k’s.
The two least patient hitters in the order, Mike Jacobs and Jeff Francoeur managed four, yes this isn’t a typographical error – four walks.
The turning point came when Jason Bay led off the 8th inning with a single, then stole 2nd to allow Rod Barajas to bring him home with a single and provide life for the late inning heroics.
The Mets Bullpen takes the ball today, going out there and throwing 5 innings of 1 run ball. The question mark of the bullpen effectiveness has been over-exaggerated as they have been excellent over the first eight games.
The Mets will look to finish the series with a bang with Mike Pelfrey on the mound facing the Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa at 3:40 PM.