Mets Game 60: Win Over Padres

Mets 3 Padres 0

Niese was nice.

After the ace messed the bed, the young lefty made it. As a result, the Mets took a series from the former first-place team in the NL West — in the process knocking them out of that division’s top spot.

Game Notes

Jon Niese was spectacular, following fellow farmhand Mike Pelfrey’s lead and going a full nine innings to earn his first MLB shutout. But it wasn’t just a shutout — it was a one-hit shutout that was a Chris Denorfia doink away from being a perfect game. That’s right, Niese allowed just one measly hit, walked none, and struck out six in nine frames, expending 108 pitches in the process.

Like Ace Santana before him, Niese didn’t get much offensive support — the Mets managed just 3 runs on 8 hits against Padres pitching, which also had a fairly efficient pitch count of 121 over 8 innings. But unlike Santana, Niese pitched well enough to win instead of good enough to lose. Though, maybe the Padres hitters were simply worn out after expending their energy against Johan earlier in the day.

Jose Reyes was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base, so I guess his mini-slump is over. Not that I was ever worried, but it was beginning to become “buzz” in some spheres.

Niese walked twice and scored a run to help his own cause.

Ike Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Chris Carter hit a double and scored a run in a rare start.

Next Mets Game

The Mets travel south to Baltimore to play the Orioles on Friday night to begin an interleague weekend series. R.A. Dickey continues his real-life dream sequence against Jeremy Guthrie. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

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  1. wohjr June 11, 2010 at 4:34 am
    Can we get the animal some more starts? The guy looks hungry– ravenous

    Very acidic on RA, but not undeserved, I'm afraid… but the O's are putrid to quote Joel S.

  2. isuzudude June 11, 2010 at 11:44 am
    wohjr – with 9 straight contests coming up in AL parks, I'm sure Carter will see a nice amount of starts come his way.

    We're also witnessing more reasons why not to trade our young guys for a temporary fix as the trade deadline approaches this season. Jon Niese, Ike Davis, Jenrry Mejia, and Ruben Tejada all look like capable major league talents, which makes you wonder if the Mets' minor league system is undervalued. If that's the case, there's no doubt I'd rather hold on to 3 or 4 of my top prospects than trade them for 4 months of Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt.

  3. bb gods June 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    Jon Niese got on base more than the Padres. Mets need to find a way to play better behind Santana. Are they nervous about making a mistake, a la Daniel Murphy last year? Are they intimidated by him? Do they resent him somehow? Whatever it is, the Mets won't make the playoffs if they don't start winning for Santana. And he needs to find a way to win, too; it's not all his teammates' fault.
  4. MikeTomaselli June 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    Amen brother.

    I don't need to wax on about why keeping our home grown player is important and how under rated the system is. I do it enough already. But I will point out that Oswalt is under contract for two more years after this season and may in fact be worth it. I still would not do it. I'd prefer Millwood to just about anybody because he is cheap, can throw innings, and at Citi in the NL would be at least a full run better.

    I'm excited about the AL trip because Carter will get to play and some guys will get time off while staying in the lineup.

    Also did anyone else think Niese looked no-hit good as early as the first inning? Maybe I'm full of it but after the first inning, and three weak ground balls, I really honestly got the feeling he was going to be special last night.

  5. gary s. June 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    santana's allowed 4 runs in his last 3 starts and has no wins to show for it thinks it is his teammates fault.
  6. Mic June 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm
    Niese had the MOJO of knowing Tejada, Feliciano and Chris carter were in the game while Bay sat.

    – but really:
    a. The Padres are the NLs best team AFTER trading away their best player in Jake Peavy…….HINT!!!!!!!!!
    -look what they got back in that trade…………..HINT!!!!!!!!!!

    So what ? given the fact we have a 4-5 man OF of Bay-Pagan-French-Animal and hopefully F-Mart/Feliciano…withy chemistry. If CB comes back then what? purists say he plays and Pagan pushes French to the bench….I say trade him in a 3-way trade, and get a pitcher.

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