The Mets whining about the field last night might have been the turning point in the game. After Jose Reyes slipped leading off first, the Mets complained the field was too soggy and asked the umpires to have the grounds crew apply a drying agent.
REYES: Scoring in the first.
Reyes promptly stole second and scored, which turned out to be a big play as the Mets won by one run.
Although this worked out for the Mets, I don’t really like it. So the Braves watered down the infield to slow down Reyes. Get over it. It’s gamesmanship and teams have always tailored their field to their own advantage.
Wear the metal spikes Jose and move on. To complain makes the Mets look like whiners.
Teams have forever let the grass grow in the infield to slow down ground balls, sloped the baselines to help their bunters and watered down the infield to slow the opposition.
Ron Darling made an interesting comment when he said are they going to next make them cut the grass.
It is one thing to lose, but another to give the game away as they did Monday night against the Rockies. The Mets are playing with little margin for error these days, especially against superior teams such as Colorado and Atlanta later this week.
On Monday, Mike Pelfrey threw 113 pitches in 5.1 innings, and the bullpen imploded, highlighted by poor throws from relievers Ryota Igarashi and Bobby Parnell to the plate that kept innings alive.
“The fight is still there, but we’ve got to stop making mistakes,’’ said manager Terry Collins, singing the same refrain heard from most losing teams.
Jon Niese will start tonight and must give the Mets innings as to take them away from the bullpen, which during the current slide of five losses in six games is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA.
Niese is coming off a rocky start, giving up six runs on eight hits in four innings in an 11-0 loss at Philadelphia.
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While it’s not too early to analyze, it is premature to draw any definitive conclusions about Mike Pelfrey after two horrid starts. Both times he failed to get out of the fifth, and last night he gave up seven runs in two innings.
Every year he strings together several stinkers. It just happens that he’s had two to start the season after a poor spring training. What beat Pelfrey last night was beat him last season, which was losing focus and getting away from his fastball.
Still, I believe he’s made progress and will snap out of it and get into the kind of groove that last season made him one of the premier starters in the first half. A strong start yesterday would have given the Mets two series victories to start the series.
Instead, with Roy Halladay terrific and Jon Niese assaulted by the Phillies, the Mets are currently being waxed 10-0 and six outs away from a 2-2 start.
It’s still a better start than most anticipated, and somewhat disappointing considering what might have been.
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.
NIESE: Sharp last night.
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
Jon Niese going tonight for the boys against Florida. Niese surprised us early last season then struggled in the second half. Hot and cold. Sounds like a lot of Mets’ pitchers. Bottom line is we still don’t know what to expect from him.
I’m glad the Mets eschewed dealing Niese last year at the trade deadline because despite an erratic start to his career, I see a big upside with him. Lefties are golden.
Angel Pagan is hitting second tonight, which I don’t understand. Willie Harris is on the bench tonight despite getting two hits last night.
If you want to engage in a chat room tonight, click on to the Mets Chat icon to your left. I am hopeful the problems from last night have been resolved.