Saturday, July 28, 2012

Game #100: D-Backs 11, Mets 5

Well...Matt Harvey can't start everyday, after all.

Jon Niese was roughed up early and Arizona piled on during the rest of the game as the Mets dropped their 100th game of the season, an 11-5 affair to the Diamondbacks.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Jon Niese sailed through the 1st inning and entered the 2nd with a 2-0 cushion. Turns out he needed the kind of cushion the Queen of England would employ: more cushionier (it's a stretch, yes, but the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tired me out - give me a break). Niese walked in the opening run after singles loaded the bases, allowed the pitcher to single home one more, then turned a Willie Bloomquist RBI single into a bases-clearing 3-base error on the errant throw to first. A 6th run would come in before the third out was recorded.
  • Niese lasted 6 innings total and allowed additional runs in the 4th and 5th, but it was only really over after he handed the ball to his "trusty" relievers. Elvin Ramirez let a flood of 3 more runs come in during his 7th inning to provide the final margin.
  • Jason Bay.
The Good Stuff:
  • Ike Davis opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the 2nd, his 17th on the year, just 2 shy of his total from 2010.
  • David Wright broke out of his 0-15 slump with a 3-run homer in the 3rd, his 16th of the year and 70th RBIs.
Final Analysis:
The offense showed up tonight, but it was both sides of pitching that were too busy watching Mary Poppins slaying a 40-foot Voldemort in London. Overall, a disappointing effort from Jon Niese, a potential rock in the future rotation for this team. He may start feeling some heat with the emergence of Matt Harvey and knowing Zach Wheeler isn't far behind in Triple-A ball. Perhaps when it sinks in we'll finally consistently see the pitcher the team gave a major extension to in the offseason.


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