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.

Next Mets Game

Game three occurs at 7:10 PM on Wednesday night. Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound against Bronson Arroyo.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Charlie17 July 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm
    Nice way to fight through another mediocre start. This team doesn’t quit and Cincy’s D was awful. I wonder what Pelfrey said to Byrdak in the congratulatory line. I read Byrdak’s lips say something to the effect…I’m gonna punch you right in the face, Pelf, if you don’t shut the f*** up!
  2. hart July 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm
    As to your last comment: the Acosta K that closed the 6th inning of the contest, and the intensity of his reaction, was one of those images that allow you to feel good about a team.
  3. daxmontana July 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    bay heatin up. starting to look like rey ordonez at the plate. next stop, anderson hernandez
  4. SiddFinch July 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    Don’t everybody laugh but the future direction of the Mets season might rest in the right hand of Big Pelf when he takes the hill tomorrow. A win and the Mets have a shot of a sweep the next day against an underachieving but loaded Reds team. A combination of a Mets team on a 4-5 game win streak that’s also possibly 4-5 games out in the WC and trading partners holding tight to top prospects might make Sandy re-think unloading Carlos. A loss however, kills the teams current momentum and just about assures Beltran’s ticket being punched for a future a destination.

    You don’t want Beltran traded Mike, well step up tomorrow be an ACE for once this season and maybe, just maybe you can make a difference.

  5. Rob July 27, 2011 at 2:01 am
    Hey Joe: I noticed the Reds have a player named Janish on the team (pronounced “Yah-nish”). Any relation?
    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am
      No, I don’t think he’s related. His feet and nose are too small, he can’t hit, and he doesn’t pronounce my name correctly.
  6. Joe July 27, 2011 at 9:01 am
    “Manny Acosta had another strong outing out of the ‘pen. He keeps this up and we may have to start taking him seriously.”

    According to a contributor around here, once we do, he will start to be bad again.

    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm
      Darn! I’ve been sucked in by the Acosta Mirage!
  7. Garett V. July 27, 2011 at 9:26 am
    can we dish Bay Ordonez instead of Beltran.. .maybe send him back to Canada.?
    • Joe July 27, 2011 at 10:12 am
      Perhaps we can just trade the whole outfield — seems Pagan doesn’t have too many fans either. Three for one sale.
  8. gary s. July 27, 2011 at 9:31 am
    What makes you think Canada wants him back.If he gets any farther frm the plate, he might actually be in Canada!!
  9. paddyo4u July 27, 2011 at 11:14 am
    I haven’t seen any mention of Ronnie Paulino’s major-league gaffe: forgetting how many outs there were and not running from 2nd on Pagan’s big hit. He cost the Mets a run (and Pagan an RBI). They’re lucky it didn’t cost them the game. I sure hope the Mets have a Kangaroo Court for those things. That is unforgivable in my opinion. These guys are supposed to be the best of the best; they’ve GOT to know how many outs there are. The base coaches should be signaling them to make sure they know.