Pitching & Bats Vanish, Mets Lose 11-0

An article by posted on April 8, 2011

Jonathon Niese & the Mets pitching staff was mauled today, and the offense struggled to get a rhythm against Roy Halladay and the Mets lost the game 11-0.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese had a bad outing today. Jonathon was hit, and hit consistently. He gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings, walking one and striking out seven. It wasn’t one big hit that seemed to get Jonathon in trouble, but all of the small hits adding up and leading to runs. After Jonathon was mercifully relieved of pitching duties, the Mets fell apart.

Pedro Beato went two innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. Beato has been getting batters out, but has been allowing hits and has yet to strikeout a batter in five innings of work. He has also managed to not walk a batter, so I guess thats good as well. Tim Byrdak came out, and in one inning allowed two runs on two hits, striking out one. What is of note is Byrdak gave up a home run to Raul Ibanez, a lefty. D.J. Carrasco came up for what amounted to mop-up duty, allowing one run on three hits. The Mets just didn’t seem there today, and seemed like they were ready to board the plane.

The offense was practically non-existent, stifled by Roy Halladay. Not really much to talk about when you get shutout. Just inability to hit with RISP, and then manufacturing hits or walks to try and help the rally.

David Wright – 1-4 with a double. He also struck out in the second inning with the bases loaded, which could’ve started a rally

Jose Reyes – 2 for 4. YAY!

Angel Pagan – 1 for 3 with a walk and another stolen base. I think Angel was serious about having more steals then Jose Reyes.

Willie Harris – 1 for 3 with 2 K’s. These were all at-bats against righties. Yeesh.

Turning Point

The fourth inning was the knockout blow to the Mets hopes.

Game Ball

Angel Pagan. He may only be hitting .227 right now, but he has three stolen bases, five walks to one strikeout. If Angel can keep up plate discipline like this, it will be a great year.

Up Next

The Mets will have their home opener at beautiful Citi Field against the Washington Nationals today, Friday April 8th at 4:10 P.M. R.A Dickey will look to pitch another gem, going up against Jordan Zimmerman. I am attending this game and hope to grab a couple of good pictures.

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