Mets Game 32: Win Over Dodgers
Mets 6 Dodgers 3
How can you not be proud of Jason?
Defensive specialist Jason Pridie followed an intentional walk of Ike Davis with a three-run homer to give the Mets a lead they’d never relinquish, powering the team to their 14th victory of the season.
Mets Game Notes
Jonathon Niese was only so-so, allowing three runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out 5. He didn’t have great stuff, and he looked flat; literally — his pitches remained on a flat plane, with little downward movement. It’s hard to tell from the center-field camera, but it looks like he might be over-rotating somewhat and doing too much side-to-side motion rather than getting good back and forward momentum. As a result he’s dragging his arm a bit and throwing from a slightly low angle. The only way he was able to get decent spin on the curve was by dropping his elbow to a dangerously low position below the shoulder. I’d like to see him get more upright and get a slightly more overhand release point.
Jose Reyes had two triples, a double, a stolen base, and scored two runs. He displayed exactly what many people pay the price of a ticket to see. It’s a shame he’ll likely be traded away by mid-season, as I sincerely believe he’d have a chance to collect 20-25 triples playing half his games in Citi Field, and possibly join the extremely elite 20-20-20 club. This cavernous stadium was built for Jose Reyes — yet ironically, he may never play a full season there.
Andre Ethier went 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 30 games. He’s hitting .379 on the season.
The Mets bullpen hung tough, shutting out the Dodgers over the final 3 1/3 innings.
Francisco Rodriguez collected his 8th save while finishing his 10th game of the year. It was surprising to see him out there after throwing 45 pitches the night before. Supposedly, K-Rod made a point of letting Terry Collins know that he was ready to pitch and was “fine” despite the heavy workload on Thursday. In the past we’ve seen pitchers talk managers into letting them pitch but I’m not so sure it’s a great idea over the long haul. Of course, if you don’t want to see K-Rod’s option vest, you probably don’t care about his long-term health.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Dodgers do it again at 7:10 PM on Saturday night in Flushing. Chris Young goes to the mound for the Mets against Jon Garland.