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.

Game Notes

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.

Next Mets Game

The Mets have a day off on Thursday, then host the Braves for a three-game set beginning on Friday night at 7:10 PM. R.A. Dickey faces Tommy Hanson.

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  1. wohjr July 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Why, FSM, why do I hate Bronson Arroyo so much? Is it the goatee? Is it the hair? Is it the emo musician look he always has? Is it the rockette audition style leg kick? Whatever it is, that face of his seems eminently punchable to me. But he always kills the metsies.

    Same for that Brandon Phillips character, he always frigging murders us. Disclaimer– I do NOT think he is a fit with the mets.

    Decent outing by Niese, what we really need is a JBay hot streak to carry us into the break. This last little patch has had the same disconcerting feel as last year– like the lug nuts on our wheels are coming a bit loose. Time for Bay to carry us into to the break… don’t make us wish we had gomes instead (was it gary who said that?)