Mets took the first game of the series versus the Cubs in an exciting 6-1 fashion. Much of the excitement was attributed to the debut of bally-hooed first baseman, Ike Davis. Mets starting pitcher, Jon Niese pitched with command through 5.2 innings, ducking out of trouble in almost every inning. The offense stepped up in the 7th inning, while the bullpen shut down Chicago to take the opening game of this series.

Positives From The Game:

Jonathan Niese: He’s not the type of pitcher that overpowers a hitter, but his stuff was nasty. He was able to complement his fastball by mixing in his cutter and change-up. Hitters looked baffled against him, as he struck out seven (matching his career high).

Offense: The lineup was somewhat formidable, at least towards the end of the game. Angel Pagan continued his strong start to the season with a go ahead 2-run home run in the 7th inning. Jason Bay took strides towards breaking out of his early slump, going 2 for 3 with a deep double late in the game. Overall, they were able to score runs, which have been hard to come by this season.

Ike Davis: Making his major league debut tonight and getting a hit in his first at bat. He’s batting .500. Welcome to the bigs, Ike!

Negatives From The Game:

David Wright: He had a costly error in the 6th, which led to the Cubs tying up the game.
Side note: He wasn’t actually charged with an error.

Interesting Facts:

  • Ike Davis is the son of former Major League Pitcher Ron Davis.
  • All players wore the number 42 on their jerseys today in honor of Jackie Robinson.
  • After beginning the year going 16 for 31, Jeff Francoeur has no hits in his last 14 at bats.

What’s Next?: Big Pelf looks to continue his success this season taking on the Chicago Cubs and “crazy horse” Carlos Zambrano. The Mets are looking to win their first series of the season.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (2-0) 1.29 ERA vs. CHI Carlos Zambrano (1-1) 9.45 ERA