Niese Delivers

Despite Niese allowing just 1 run in 8 innings the Mets almost refused to accept the win by allowing the Braves to climb back into the game w/ 4 runs in the 9th.

Edgin, who I happen to like, was worthless and FrankFranc was just as awful and BANG just like that Niese’s game was almost gone. 

Y’know Niese has had a nice year for himself. It’s been largely lost in the drama of Santana, Dickey and a crazy 1st half but Niese has delivered.

Granted some were expecting an 18 win season or an unfairly high bar for him to reach but when Niece stands at 9 - 6 with a 3.67 ERA, thats a very encouraging season for a young pitcher.

It wasn’t a “breakout” season and I’m sure Fantasy Owners are disappointed but as a Met fans have to be happy w/ Niese taking the next step forward in his career.

10 Responses to “Niese Delivers”

  1. Original62Fan Says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I went to bed when they brought in Rausch in the bottom of the 9th. I couldn’t bear to watch them blow a 5 run lead with 2 outs.

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    062: yeah, but could you sleep? And you missed one of the best parts of the whole debacle. Rauch gets Heyward to K on a ball in the dirt, Johnson has to throw behind him to Davis to get him by a single step (with Bourn having already crossed the plate with the would be tying run.)

  3. BlondiesJake Says:

    Johnson took an awful lot of time before throwing down. I assume he was letting Heyward cross his path so that he could throw clearly to Davis but it was agonizing waiting for him to fire it down.

    As to Niese, he has had an ok season, but irregardless of his age, needs to be more consistent. Brilliance for two or three starts followed by terrible for a start or two doesn’t work for a starting pitcher.

  4. BlondiesJake Says:

    OK, so my fears about Niese have grown after reading this in the Post:

    “I wouldn’t consider me struggling very much. I might have had a rough game here and there,” Niese said. “But for the most part I feel like I’ve been working on the things I need to work on and executing when I need to execute. You can’t do it every time, obviously, but for the most part I feel like I’ve been able to do that this year.”

    Um, in 7 of his 23 starts he gave up four runs or more, including outings where he was shellacked for 8 ER in 3 IP, 5 ER in 3 IP, 7 ER in 7 IP and 6 ER in 6 IP. Maybe he should’ve just said he was working on becoming more consistent.

  5. foxster Says:

    a five (5) run lead going into the final inning, and the Mets (bullpen) just about blow the game …….FIVE RUNS. unbelievable ….. or is it?

  6. pfh64 Says:

    I am so F*****ing sick of pitch counts.


    nice job tonight Manny. Great job Sandy Alderson building a complete joke of a bull pen. WHEN ARE THE METS GOING TO LEARN. Year after year after year after year of having a s**tty bullpen. Heilman, Jorge Sosa, Acosta, Benitez….i could freaking go on and on. The team just sucks.

  8. the dude formerly known as bill l.he Says:

    Can’t blame this one on the bullpen. At some point, you have to score some runs.

  9. the dude formerly known as bill l.he Says:

    I just don’t understand pulling Rauch after one inning, in which he threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes. In a 0-0 game, do we really want to be bringing in Manny Acosta? I think not. Still, you have to score some runs.

  10. BlondiesJake Says:

    Hey EGGS, what should the Mets have learned? How to steal Mariano away? Otherwise you are guessing each year what bullpen pitchers will be effective and most of the time few of them are. As I’ve said many times here, show me the relievers signed by new teams during the offseason that were expected to and are subsequently having stellar seasons. Btw, tonight the first four relievers combined to pitch three scoreless innings, which should’ve been enough.

    tdfkabl, agreed on Rauch, made no sense. Also agree that if they don’t score they can’t win no matter what the pen does.

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