Jon Niese stopper?
That’s the way it’s going to have to be tonight at San Francisco as Niese (6-3, 3.61) tries to pull the Mets out of their July funk.
After a boom in June that saw the Mets go 11 games over .500 and pull within a game of Braves, they are 4-7 for July to find themselves five games behind during a very precarious part of their schedule as this is the second game of a season-high 11-game road trip.
The second half is not off to a good start with Jose Reyes is battling a strained right oblique. Today, the Mets scratched the struggling Mike Pelfrey from tomorrow’s start because of a stiff neck. Pelfrey slept wrong on the flight to the coast.
Pelfrey will start Monday at Arizona.
Reyes has been hurting since he strained the oblique, June 30, and yesterday the Mets said he would be shut down until he was 100 percent healthy. That didn’t last very long as Reyes said he felt better and took batting practice today.