Niese Betrayed By Hitters And Defense

Just when you think you never want to see Jon Niese on the mound again for the Mets, he goes out and pitches a decent game. It was a game he could have won if the Mets had any kind of offense. Then again, Milwaukee had its chances to blow it open, but to his credit Niese kept the Mets in the game.

In six innings Niese gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks. By today’s lax standards it was considered a “quality start.’’ Eleven base runners in six innings are not particularly good. Neither are the 99 pitches he threw.

However, what I took from Niese’s effort in tonight’s 3-2 loss at Milwaukee was how he minimized the damage. It isn’t something we’ve seen often this season.

Something we have seen often is the Mets’ woeful offense. They scored just two runs and had no hits after the third inning. Also, throw in a dozen strikeouts. There was also a costly defensive breakdown in Michael Cuddyer’s run-producing error in the seventh. And, Ruben Tejada misplayed another bunt while playing third base that cost the Mets a run.

The Mets have scored eight runs in their last six games, all losses.

The loss was the Mets’ 17th of the season by a margin of two runs or less and dropped them to .500 at 36-36. Now, all fruits from their 11-game winning streak are gone.

Damn, they are frustrating.

3 thoughts on “Niese Betrayed By Hitters And Defense

  1. Milwaukee is as bad as it gets.Milwaukee is the worst home team in the game. Giving credit for pitching out of trouble against Milwaukee makes no sense.

    • We understand you don’t ever want to give credit where it’s due – but minimizing damage is a pitcher’s job when he gets in to trouble. And please let’s not pretend the Brewers don’t have at least two hitters in the lineup to be feared. So it does make sense. These are major league teams we’re playing. He did his job.

  2. mid season decline. curse of the mets since 2005. Its as iff the Wilpons tell them to throw the game.
    maybe we should find out if freddie is betting against his team 😉