Jon Niese struggled in his first spring start that was delayed by shoulder trouble, allowing four runs in two innings of the New York Mets’ 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
David Wright hit two solo homers, New York’s bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings and the Mets overcame an injury to starter Jonathon Niese in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
At the end of this stretch, we will know whether this team is here to stay. Most of the baseball world thinks they will fade into the sunset. I firmly believe the Mets have other ideas.
Here we are in the first full week of July and the New York Mets — you know that team that everyone just wanted to go away — are very much a playoff contender.
The Mets have bigger fish to fry than one game in the middle of the season, even if it is against a cross-town rival that their fan base vehemently dislikes.
Plenty of no-name Mets are contributing to the Amazins’ unexpected rise toward becoming NL East contenders.
The Mets should look very closely at the Diamondbacks when they hit the field this weekend at Citi, because in many ways the Mets may be this year’s version of the D-Backs.
Jonathan Niese was sharp on Wednesday in Jupiter as the Mets shutout the Marlins 7-0. Niese was a little anxious to get going before his first spring start, but he delivered two solid innings, striking out 2 while walking one. Niese was pretty happy with his performance.
For Johan Santana, it is a step-by-step process, but I must say he is progressing very nicely after yet another positive mound session.
In all my years of covering the Mets, I do not know if I ever met anyone like Santana. He is a confident pitcher who understands his responsibility and embraces it. And nobody wants to get back on the mound more than Johan.
Rich Coutinho believes that Sandy Alderson did what best for the Mets’ long-term plans by not giving into Jose Reyes’ demands and looking to the future.
The Mets have announced some coaching changes for 2012 and my immediate reaction is that losing Chip Hale is a big hit while adding Tim Teufel as third base coach and Ricky Bones as bullpen coach makes sense.
The 2011 season has been an interesting journey for the New York Mets. So, as they play out the string down the homestretch, they need to find out some things. Here is my Top 5 list…
Two things have been readily apparent in the latest Mets slide — the bullpen needs an overhaul and Jose Reyes has been sorely missed. And, not coincidentally, those two things will be top priorities once the Mets start constructing their 2012 roster.
The Mets have a golden opportunity to learn a lot about themselves in the next six weeks. They can fade into the sunset or they can fight through games even though so much is going wrong right now.