Mets defeat the Marlins 6-1 with great pitching from Niese and help from Wright’s and Davis’ bats. Mets continue their home playing dominance going 21-9 at home, the only team with 20+ wins at home.
Jon Niese had his first start since the middle of May, being out with a hamstring injury. Coming into the game, Jerry Manuel limited him to a 100 pitch count for the game. Throughout his short career with the Mets, Niese usually has high pitch count games, however, it did not matter for the gem of a game he pitched today. He was spotting his pitches well, especially his cutter, which could be his best pitch in his caliber. He pitched seven strong innings, only giving up one earned run on six hits. He walked only one and struck out six batters. His velocity for his fastball sat around 90 MPH, but got it up to 92/93 when he needed it. Hopefully if he stays healthy, he could have a great season as he picked up his first career win in Citi Field.
Mejia had a great inning of work. Going 1-2-3 for the eighth inning. He could easily earn the eighth inning set up job. Fernando Nieve came into the ninth and finished the game for the Mets, only giving up one hit.
Mets had plenty of offense in the game and contributions from almost everyone. David Wright and Ike Davis seemed to be a part of every run that was scored for the Mets. Ike Davis was incredible going 4-4 with two doubles, one RBI and three runs scored.
Wright went 2-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Wright also hit his second homering in Citi Field of the season in the third inning, his tenth of the season. He now has the same number of homeruns as he had all of last season.
Ruben Tejada since being recalled up to the majors has been playing well. With his first career RBI last game, he followed it up with an RBI double in the second inning today.
However, Reyes, Bay, and Barajas combined 0-11 with four strikeouts.
The two runs scored in the second inning gave the Mets the momentum they needed to win the game.
The three rookies – Mejia, Davis and Tejada – along with last year’s dominant rookie Niese, all help out with the Mets win against the Marlins.
Imported lefty, Hisanori Takahashi will be going up against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, looking for the sweep in the final game of the series. Game time is 1:10 on WPIX.