The Mets lost the game and lose two of three in the series in San Francisco before the All-Star break. Mike Pelfrey had a solid start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. But he couldn’t match Matt Cain who threw 6 shutout innings. Jon Niese, in his first relief appearance, and D.J. Carrasco let the game get away in the seventh inning by allowing 2 more runs.
On offense, the Mets had 9 hits and 3 walks so they had some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize. They left 10 runners on base and Daniel Murphy left 3 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
The Mets come back to New York for the break at one game over .500.
The Mets won their fourth straight game behind a really solid start by Jon Niese. He went 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. The only inning that he had any real trouble was the sixth when the Dodgers scored 2 runs. Other than that, he was really in control. As I wrote after last night’s game, the Dodgers are a bad team so these win have to be taken with a grain of salt. But the Mets won the series tonight and have a chance for the rare four game sweep on the road tomorrow night.
The Mets offense was also solid up and down the order. They had 11 hits and 1 walk in the game. The notable games were from Ruben Tejada who had a 2-run double in the sixth inning that put the Mets up for good. And Justin Turner had a nice RBI single in the ninth that gave the Mets the insurance run they typically don’t get in late innings.
The Mets put a beat down on the Rangers today right from the start. They put up 3 runs in the first inning and never let up. Jon Niese was pitching really well going 5.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs when he was removed for a rapid heartbeat. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about his condition in the next day.
On offense, everyone was killing today. They had 17 hits and 2 walks in the game. The amazing thing is that they scored 14 runs without a home run in a hitter’s park. Lucas Duda was the star going 4 for 5 with 4 RBI’s with 3 doubles.
The Mets and Rangers play the rubber game of the series tomorrow. The Mets can get to .500 with a win tomorrow too.
New York Mets (37-39) at Texas Rangers (41-36) 4:10pm
Jon Niese (6-6 3.70) vs. Alexi Ogando (7-2 2.66)
TV: Fox Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets are going to have a tough time today against Ogando. He was in the bullpen last season but he’s been pitching really well as a starter this season. He’s stumbled a couple of times including against the Yankees when he allowed 6 runs in 1.2 innings on June 14. Otherwise, he’s had some great starts.
Niese really stumbled too in his last start against the Angels when he allowed 4 runs in 4 innings. He’ll be looking to get back on track in a tough park for pitchers this afternoon.
Jon Niese got hit hard in this one to the tune of 4 earned runs in 4 innings. He gave up 8 hits including a 3-run triple by Erik Aybar in the second inning that started to put the game out of reach. He just didn’t have it today. And Manny Acosta came in for the sixth and seventh innings and threw gas on the fire by allowing two solo homers. One was by light-hitting catcher Jeff Mathis and the other was by struggling Vernon Wells.
The Mets offense couldn’t get anything going against rookie Tyler Chatwood. All 3 runs they scored were in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Bobby Cassevah. So the game wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
The Mets lose the home series and this is a bad one. Losing to a west coast team in inter-league play is a horrible series loss. The Mets are off tomorrow and the awful A’s come to town on Tuesday for three games.
Los Angeles Angels (34-38) at New York Mets (35-36) 1:10pm
Tyler Chatwood (3-4 4.20) vs. Jon Niese (6-5 3.46)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Angels play the rubber game of the series for Father’s Day today. It should be a great weather day for everyone going to the game with their father. The Angels have Chatwood on the mound today, a rookie who’s been very inconsistent. The Angels have lost the last three games that he started. The Royals roughed him up badly in his last start for 5 runs in 3.2 innings.
Niese has been fantastic in his last six starts. He hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a game during that span and has only allowed 1 home run. He’s won three straight decisions and is really in a good groove right now.
The Mets got another good start from Jon Niese. He went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs. He was really on with 4 strikeouts, no walks, and allowing only 5 hits. He did it with Phil Cuzzi behind the plate too who had a ridiculously small strike zone. The bullpen was solid except for Jason Isringhausen allowing a solo homer to Dan Uggla. Other than that they worked pretty clean.
The Mets offense jumped on Jair Jurrgens early surprisingly. Jurrgens was having trouble with the Cuzzi strike zone and looked rattled when he gave up a run in the top of the first. As usual, it was a monster game for Jose Reyes. He went 3 for 5 with 2 runs, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. These huge games are starting to become a daily occurrence. It’s really incredible to watch.
The Mets take the first game of the three game series.