The way things started last night for Jon Niese, I didn’t expect him to last long, set alone give up only one hit in the next six innings.
That upside I mentioned yesterday about Niese? Well, we saw it last night. He was a definite bright spot. So was David Wright, who drove in two runs with a homer and single.
With Jason Bay down and the Carlos Beltran on the mend, the Mets need a good start from Wright.
Beltran, meanwhile, scored from first on a double by Ike Davis. He also doesn’t seem to have any problems moving in the outfield.
I like how the Mets came back from the first inning and after Francisco Rodriguez blew a save opportunity in the ninth. There was no sign of a fragile confidence.
Other good impressions after the first two games:
* Everybody is hustling. No malingerers in the batting box.
* Brad Emaus has looked comfortable at second.
* There’s pep in Jose Reyes’ step.
The Mets go for the series win this afternoon behind R.A. Dickey.
Here’s the batting order:
Jose Reyes, SS
Willie Harris, LF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Lucas Duda, RF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Josh Thole, C
R.A. Dickey, RP