Mets Game 54: Win Over Cardinals

Mets 6 Cardinals 1

Wins come easy when you don’t let the other team score.

Mets Game Notes

Jonathon Niese seems to be following a pattern: good game, bad game, good game, bad game. On this Sunday night, it was “good game” time, and he pitched as the pattern might have predicted, striking out 10 and walking only one while shutting out the Cards through six strong innings.

Despite his stunning performance, I still don’t like Niese’s arm angle and his side-to-side momentum — it keeps his fastball flat and usually prevents him from getting on top of the curve. In this game, though, he stayed on top of the curve well, and got many of the swings and misses from his tight-breaking deuce. I have to wonder, though, if opposing hitters will eventually be able to see the arm angle difference between the high overhand release on the curve and the low 3/4 release on all other pitches.

What’s going on? Are the Mets starting pitchers THAT good, or the Cardinals hitters that bad? And if the Mets pitchers ARE that good, why did it take this long for them to work their way into first place? Or maybe it’s just a matter of timing — hot pitching running into cold hitting. Though, I don’t put much stock into the theory of pitching running hot and cold.

Speaking of cold, where was Matt Holliday this weekend? Isn’t he supposed to be a decent hitter? The only time I noticed him was when he was misplaying balls in left field.

Elvin Ramirez made his MLB debut, and it looks like he can throw pretty hard and keep it down in the zone. I will reserve any other judgment, though, as pitchers tend to be nervous and/or amped up in their debuts. With that in mind, entering a 6-0 game was a perfect time to make his first big league appearance.

Usually I prefer to watch the Mets with Gary, Keith, and/or Ron in the booth, but I enjoyed listening to Orel Hershiser and Terry Francona do the color commentary for ESPN. Both give great insight as to what the players and manager are thinking at different moments during a game.

Next Mets Game

Mets go for the sweep on Monday afternoon, game time is 1:10 p.m. Pitching matchup is Dillon Gee vs. Kyle Lohse.

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. Joe June 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    I like the new ESPN guys too. Used to be a chore to listen, but this gang is pretty good.
  2. murph June 4, 2012 at 2:38 am
    With 3 hits each, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andres Torres were playing like they could hear Jason Bay’s footsteps heading towards their playing time.

    With Baxter’s injury, I guess the roster spot is not a question for the time being.

  3. Walnutz15 June 4, 2012 at 7:27 am
    One of my favorite Met past-times is getting seats down the LF line (Shea) — and in the LF bleachers (Citi)….to heckle the ever-living crap out of Matt Holliday.

    I don’t care what the stats say – the guy’s extra terrible, defensively when playing in NY.

  4. gary s. June 4, 2012 at 8:40 am
    Holiday is a butcher in the outfield, but our guy Jason K makes him look like a hall of famer.I think it is time to move Duda to first base and send Ike down Ike..Kirk N. has to play every day.Collins has said El stiffo will play in left when he returns.Davis remains lost and painful to watch.Have they checked his eyesight?Painful to watch a guy’s career go up in smoke every day
  5. Steve S. June 4, 2012 at 9:12 am
    Liked the ESPN group, in general. They seemed informed and spoke mainly about the game, not restaurants, past glories, other sports, etc. I do like Ron, Keith, and Gary, when they are mainly focusing on the game we’re watching.
  6. wohjr June 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    Joe, found myself thinking the same thing re: hershiser and tito– not bad right?

    They are down on poor Ike, that’s for sure.