Mets Game 85: Loss to Reds
Reds 3 Mets 1
Jon Niese pitched well. But Bronson Arroyo pitched a little bit better.
Niese pitched an efficient 7 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk, expending only 99 pitches. On another night, it might’ve been enough to earn a victory. Unfortunately, the Mets offense could do nothing against the stiff-legged delivery of Arroyo, who held them to one run on 7 hits in 8 innings.
Niese struck out 8 and as mentioned was extremely efficient, averaging right around a dozen pitches per inning (15 per inning is considered good). I still don’t like his dropped arm angle, which flattens all of his pitches. A few times later in the game he threw with a distinctly sidearm delivery; was that on purpose or due to fatigue? I’m leaning toward the latter, unless he’s been texting with Ollie Perez lately.
The only Met to score, and to drive in a run, was Angel Pagan, who hit a solo homer in the first frame. Carlos who?
Pagan had two hits, as did Josh Thole, who started the game behind the dish.