Posts Tagged ‘Jon Niese’

April 9th, 2012

The first weekend of the baseball season is in the books, and the Mets are in first place. Sure, it’s only 3 games. And we all know the Amazins will have their struggles this season at some point. But for a franchise that was steeped in more shit this off season than a dog park garbage can, it was as good of a start to 2012 as I could have hoped for.

The Mets did a little bit of everything in their three-game sweep of their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves- quality starting pitching, lights out dominance from the re-tooled bullpen, power in bunches on Saturday afternoon, and timely hitting all around. They even flirted with history when Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Easter Sunday. Combine the wins with an 0-3 start by the Yankees, and it is one of the rare weekends we have had in the past 5 years when we can walk around New York proud to be Mets fans.

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August 23rd, 2011

If the Phillies are the bar the Mets must measure themselves against, then right now that bar is about 50 stories high. The 4-time defending division champs, headed for a 5th straight crown, blasted the Mets from a 2nd straight night and when the dust settled they had a punishing 9-4 win.

Jon Niese was terrible, and just like Dillon Gee did in the 1st game he never gave his team a chance. Niese allowed 2 homeruns in the 3rd inning to break a scoreless tie, as Shane Victorino (my least favorite Phillie of them all) hit a solo shot and John Mayberry Jr. outdid him with a 3-run bomb. Philly added a run in the 4th to make it 5-0, and then broke it completely open in the 5th.

A once very good season for Jon Niese has quickly unraveled into a mediocre one.

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August 22nd, 2011

As the Mets hit their roughest skid since the opening weeks of the season, they travel to Philadelphia to play a rival team that is cruising into the playoffs. The Phillies have baseball’s best pitching staff, and they have it’s best record as well. Like the Mets, Philly has had injury problems of it’s own, and Jimmy Rollins is the latest star headed for the disabled list. But as they lose one player they seem to be getting another back. Placido Polanco has not played in 2 weeks due to a sports hernia, but he has now been activated from the DL. Despite having some health issues all over the place, the Phils have not skipped a beat, having already clinched a .500 or better season with 81 wins.

One Mets killer has gone down in Jimmy Rollins, but now another returns in Placido Polanco.

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August 15th, 2011

The dog days of summer have not been kind to the orange and blue this August.

The Mets are fading fast into obscurity as the dog days of summer quickly weed the pretenders out of the playoff race. After getting swept by Arizona the Mets are now the proud owners of a 5 game losing streak- tied for their longest since early April and the 2nd such streak this month. They have fallen 20.5 games out of first place and 11.5 out of the wild card lead, and since the injuries to Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy the Amazins have nose-dived in the NL, going from “long shot” to “no shot.”

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August 8th, 2011

With their ace starting pitcher, star young first baseman, star closer, and star outfielder already gone via injury or trade, the Mets have now lost two more very important pieces of their team for extended periods. Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy, number one and five respectively in the NL batting race, both left Sunday’s game due to injury, and both appear headed to the disabled list. Reyes is projected to miss the next 2-3 weeks with another hamstring strain, while Murphy is lost for the season with an MCL tear. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter have been recalled from the minors to replace the latest injured Mets.

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July 25th, 2011

David Wright returned from his lengthy DL stint and provided a great spark in the middle of the Mets lineup this past weekend in Miami. Unfortunately it did not translate into winning baseball, as the Marlins took 2 of 3 from the Mets and knocked them back below .500. Now the Amazins continue their road trip with a 4 game series in Cincinnati. The Reds are the defending NL Central champions, and are very much alive in 2011, just 3 games out of first. However, they are not nearly the same team as last year, and share the same record as the Amazins. Boy, if only the Phillies and Braves WEREN’T in our division, right?

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July 15th, 2011

The All-Star break has come and gone, and so has Francisco Rodriguez. Trading K-R0d was almost certainly the right move for Sandy Alderson to make, but in the short term it makes the Mets a worse team for the rest of THIS season. Now the Amazins will have to find a way to stay above .500 and remain on the outskirts of the wild card race without their star closer. It’s a daunting task for an already overachieving team as the second half of the season begins, and with the Phillies coming to town it gets even tougher.

Gone are the days of Frankie Rodriguez closing out games for the Mets. Can anyone step up and replace him this season?

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July 1st, 2011

When the Mets were 5-13 and we were all accepting our fates as the punch line of New York, not one of us die hards was looking forward to this July version of the Subway Series. We all pretty much assumed the Yankees would be running away towards another 90+ win season (they are), and the Mets would be in the middle of a fire sale, already looking towards 2012 (They are not!).

Here we go again with the Subway Series in July, and believe it or not it actually means something for the Mets!

Instead, the Amazins are shocking the city and making a push to get in the wild card race as we approach the All-Star break. Coming off a great 4-2 road trip against two first place teams, the Mets now come home for a Subway Series that has a lot more juice than we thought it would have. And this is not JUST a weekend for bragging rights- these games are huge for the orange and blue and their standing in the National League as well.

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June 14th, 2011

As the Mets 4-1 lead was trimmed to 4-3, and Chipper Jones came to bat in the 8th, flashbacks of the 80 losses the Mets have suffered at Turner Field flew around my brain. But somehow the fate was different, and for at least one night the Amazins got Chipper and beat the Braves on the road 4-3.

Jon Niese pitched another great game, mixing up his curve and cutter to the tune of 6 1/3 innings and 2 earned runs. After a David Ross double that cut the lead to 4-2, Niese left the game and put his outing in the hands of the shaky bullpen. Pedro Beato immediately came in and walked future Hall of Famer Joe Mather on 4 pitches, and I was pacing around my office at work thinking “here we go again.”

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June 9th, 2011

On September 2, 2008, Jon Niese began his Major League career against the Milwaukee Brewers.  He gave up 5 runs over 3 innings after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced, Rickie Weeks.  Tonight, for the first time, he returned to Miller Park, but things didn’t go so smoothly for the Brewers.  Throwing only 99 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, Niese struck out 8 and only allowed for 1 run, leading the Mets to take the series from Milwaukee.

Recently, when the Mets were hitting, when the Mets were winning, there was one common contributing factor: Jose Reyes.  Tonight, the short stop went 0-5, but that didn’t stop the makeshift lineup from picking up for his shortcomings and beating up on Yovani Gallardo: one of the hottest pitchers in the National League.  Starting the scoring in the second inning, the Mets would go on to knock out Gallardo before the top of the 5th could end.

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