Marlins 11 – Mets 4 August 26, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field in New York City on June 22, 2010.   UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets had a 4-0 lead in the third and then got their clocks cleaned over the last six innings. Jon Niese started well but started to crack in the fourth giving up 2 runs. Then he got lit up for 5 more in the sixth without getting an out. He completely lost it. I suppose he was due after pitching so well and so consistently this year. But it was disappointing to see.

Jose Reyes left the game in the second inning because of a recurrence of the oblique strain he suffered earlier this season. It didn’t look serious. As a matter of fact, you couldn’t even see where he did anything in the replays.

On offense there wasn’t much after the fourth inning. But David Wright hit a long 2-run homer to left in the first inning that hit off the second deck. It was a real bomb. He’s been locked in lately.

The Mets lose another home series and the Astros come to town starting tomorrow night.

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Preview: Marlins at Mets August 26, 2010

Florida Marlins (63-62) at New York Mets (63-63)  7:10 pm

Anibal Sanchez (10-8 3.16) vs Jon Niese (8-5 3.33)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Marlins play the rubber game of the series tonight. Sanchez has had three good starts in a row for the Marlins although two were against the Nats and Astros. He’s only given up 2 earned runs in his last 19.2 innings over those three starts. Niese has been even better. He’s had four excellent starts in a row. Over that span he’s given up 4 runs in 26 innings.

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Preview: Marlins at Mets August 25, 2010

Florida Marlins (62-62) at New York Mets (63-62)  1:35 pm

Alex Sanabia (2-1 3.77) vs Pat Misch (0-2 3.00)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets look to capitalize on last night’s win in the bottom of the ninth and keep the momentum going. Misch pitched okay in his last start in Houston giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. The Marlins are a better offensive team than the Astros though. This will be Sanabia’s sixth career start. He pitched really well in his last start against the Pirates going 7.2 innings and allowing only 1 run.

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Mets 6 – Marlins 5 June 30, 2010

Baseball fans wait in the rain for the MLB National League baseball game between the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets in San Juan, June 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets barely came away from this series with one game. Jose Reyes couldn’t play tonight with a strained lower back that happened during batting practice. Once again, Mike Pelfrey didn’t have it tonight. He gave up 4 runs in 4.2 IP and a whopping 12 hits. The bullpen took over and held on pretty well. Although Francisco Rodriguez made it interesting with the winning run on base in the ninth during his four out save.

The Mets offense was decent with 10 hits and no walks. David Wright and Jesus Feliciano both had 2 hits in the game. Both of Wright’s hits were doubles off the wall and he had 2 RBI’s.

The Mets lose the series but were helped out by some shoddy Marlins defense that kept them in the game tonight. They had a ridiculous 4 errors that accounted for 2 of the Mets runs. Waiting out the rain delay was well worth getting the win tonight.

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Preview: Mets at Marlins June 30, 2010

New York Mets (43-34) at Florida Marlins (37-40) 7:05 pm

Mike Pelfrey (10-2 2.71) vs Chris Volstad (4-7 4.40)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets try to avoid the sweep in Puerto Rico tonight. Pelfrey won his last start against the Twins despite not having his best stuff in his last few starts. The Marlins have lost eight of the last nine games that Volstad started. So there’s some hope for the Mets to take this one and get out of Puerto Rico on a high note.

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Marlins 7 – Mets 6 June 29, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Hisanori Takahashi throws a pitch to the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Juan June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsPedro Feliciano gave it up in the bottom of the ninth after a great comeback by the Mets in the top of the inning to score 2 runs to tie it. They overcame another horrible start by Hisanori Takahashi who gave up 6 runs in 5.2 IP. All of the runs against him were scored with two outs in the third inning including a grand slam by Hanley Ramirez. There are very serious questions about Takahashi’s viability as a starting pitcher. This is his fourth awful start now this season.

The Mets offense was more than solid with 12 hits and 2 walks. David Wright had the big game going 3 for 4 and raising his average to .310. Chris Carter had a big pinch hit double in the ninth that spurred the rally that tied the game. Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton looked like a fish out of water in the field, excuse the pun. But he’s a butcher in the outfield and that helped the Mets on a couple of occasions including Carter’s double.

The Mets drop the first two games of the series and try to avoid the sweep tomorrow in Puerto Rico.

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Preview: Mets at Marlins June 29, 2010

New York Mets (43-33) at Florida Marlins (36-40) 7:05 pm

Hisanori Takahashi (6-3 3.78) vs Nate Robertson (5-6 4.89)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets try to even up the series behind Takahashi who was dreadful in his last start against the Tigers. He gave up 6 runs in 4 IP. Robertson was even worse in his last start against the Orioles giving up 5 runs in 2.1 IP. It could be an offensive battle in Puerto Rico tonight.

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