Jon Niese has gone through a complete transformation so far this year. Somehow, he got velocity that I don’t think any of us knew that he had. He got stronger and has really become a great pitcher. Don’t get me wrong through this, he has a great cutter, but with every game it is the same formula. He starts out throwing his fastball in the first inning and hits 92 to occasionally as high as 95MPH. However right after the first inning (maybe the 2nd), he simply abandons the pitch and uses his cutter. His out pitch is still his curveball but just because you have a good cutter and good curve doesn’t mean that you abandon the fastball. I am in no way saying that Niese needs to lead with his fastball because, I believe that the cutter will replace the fastball soon enough. I just feel that right after the first inning he abandons it and just goes cutter change curve for the entire game. The fastball can set up so many pitches and can surprise people upstairs. Regardless of whether he changes this or not, I believe he will be a dominant pitcher in the big leagues, having his breakout year in 2012.
3 Standout Performances:
- In possibly his last home game as a Met, Carlos Beltran went 0 for 3 with a strikeout.
- Lucas Duda had 2 hits and a run scored.
- Niese went 6 innings, let up 5 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts.
Niese pitched so much better than his line showed. He let up 3 runs in the 5th inning due to stupid-minded defensive plays and errors. He has matured so much on the mound this year.
Jose Reyes tried to ignite this Mets offense by hitting a lead off triple and scored to put the Mets on the board. However, as soon as he scored, the offense just slowed back down.
Jake Westbrook had the Mets pounding the ball into the ground all day long. He was very economical with his pitches tonight.
Grade for the Game: C-
3 Standout Performances:
- Jon Niese let up 3 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings. He struck out 7 and walked 2.
- Ruben Tejada had an RBI single.
- Justin Turner was 3 for 5 tonight.
The Mets just made too many mental mistakes tonight. Jose Reyes was thrown out at 3rd late in the game down by 2, and Murphy let a ball skip off his glove that resulted in a run. I am ok with the aggressiveness by Reyes because he was trying to make something happen (and also he was safe.) Murphy, on the other hand, should have jumped to get the ball so it did not go behind him.
Jon Niese pitched very well tonight. He struggled in the first against the tough Yankee lineup, but settled in getting 5 called strike 3 pitches mostly with his curveball. He has been great this year and didn’t deserve the loss.
The Mets played just ugly baseball tonight. They were not executing plays and stranding runners on base over and over again.
Grade for the Game: B-