Mets Game 103: Win Over Reds
Mets 8 Reds 6
The Mets guarantee at least a split and jump one game over .500.
Mets Game Notes
Jonathon Niese held the Reds to only one run through the first four frames, then gave up four in the fifth. If you followed MetsToday last season, you may remember Niese having an issue of his motion being too much side-to-side and not enough front-to-back / up-and-down, and that the issue — I felt — was related to his overuse of the cutter. Well guess what? Once again Niese has fallen into a habit of fighting gravity — using too much sideways momentum — than using it to his advantage by throwing on a downward plane. As a result, his release point is a few inches too low, his hand is on the side of the ball (instead of fingers on top), and his pitches are flat — meaning, without good sinking action. A high release point and downward plane is especially important when throwing a curveball — which is Niese’s best pitch. I still think that the cutter is related to Niese’s issue, because it requires a slight turn of the hand that causes the fingers to slide to the side of the ball upon release. Continually releasing the ball with the fingers on the side instead of on top can cause a pitcher to fall into a habit of employing a similar release on all pitches if he doesn’t make a conscious effort to “stay on top”. Flat pitches wind up getting hit hard, and that’s exactly what happened to Niese in the fifth inning.
Lucky for Niese and the Mets, though, it wasn’t Johnny Cueto‘s night, the Reds defense resembled swiss cheese, and the Mets offense chipped away in their pesky style to pile up eight runs.
Dan Murphy went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and managed not to do anything damaging on the basepaths nor the field.
Two more hits for David Wright. Nice.
Manny Acosta had another strong outing out of the ‘pen. He keeps this up and we may have to start taking him seriously.