Saturday, September 22, 2012

Game #150: Mets 7, Marlins 3

Apparently when it comes to losing, there's always a weaker fish.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis led a New York offense that finally broke out to give Jon Niese some run support and give the Mets the win over the Marlins, 7-3.

The Good Stuff:
  • Remember August 12? Remember before the All-Star Break? Those were the last times the Mets scored more than three runs in a home game and three runs in a home inning, respectively. Finally we can stop talking about it!
    • The innings streak was broken in the 1st when Ike Davis singled home Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston homered home both of them.
    • The game streak was broken the very next inning when Jon Niese came in on a wild pitch and Murphy's sac fly brought home Fred Lewis.
    • New York made it Lucky 7 on Scott Hairston's 5th-inning triple and Ike Davis's 7th-inning solo home run (his 28th on the year).
  • All these runs were more than enough for Jon Niese, who for once didn't have to be perfect to get a win at Citi Field. He wasn't perfect, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 6.1 innings, but it registers as a quality start and was more than enough for us tonight.
  • Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch, two of the few redeeming members of such a dreadful bullpen, combined for 2.2 scoreless innings in relief to secure Niese's W.
The Bad Stuff:
  • David Wright went 0-4 and at .307 is dangerously close to seeing his average dip below .300 for the season.
  • I still have no idea who the heck Fred Lewis is or what he's doing batting leadoff.
Final Analysis:
What a refreshing sight. A near-bushel of runs, good pitching from both fronts, and a show of managerial authority: Terry Collins removed Lucas Duda from the game after the 2nd inning for lack of hustle. It always seems that after Terry has something to say, his team responds (remember this gem from last June?). Distraught they may be, discouraged since July for sure, but on this night at least, definitely not quitters. That's all you can ask for. That's all we ask for over these last 12 games.


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