The New York Mets were defeated by the Florida Marlins 11-4 on Thursday night. Although the Mets jumped out to an early lead, it was all Marlins for the second half of the game. The loss puts them under .500, as they see themselves fall further in the NL East and Wild Card standings.

Jose Reyes injured and taken out of game.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Anibal Sanchez in the rubber game of the three-game series. Niese looked good early–besides the two-run home run hit by Hanley Ramirez–but lost it in the 6th inning when he hit Logan Morrison with a pitch, then gave up a single, double, walk, sac fly, and double. Having left the game with two of his runners in scoring position, Elmer Dessens let the inherited runners score, and Niese was credited with seven runs allowed over 5.2 innings. Sanchez didn’t have his best stuff and the Mets offense jumped on him early, but the bullpen would come on and pitch four scoreless innings to allow the Marlins to get ahead and eventually win.

Wright looks like he’s found his power swing, which will definitely be helpful for the Mets down the stretch. However, as has been the case all season, the offense needs to be more consistent to make a run for the Wild Card.

Positives From The Game:

The Wright Track: David Wright gave the Mets offense a jump start in the 1st inning with a two-run home run. He was 2 for 3 on the evening, driving in two runs and scoring two runs, and drew a walk. He’s on the brink of pushing over the .300 mark for the season. Hitting safely in 12 of his last 13 games has helped his cause.

Angel In The Outfield: Angel Pagan went 2 for 4, including a double, walk, and RBI. His average is at .300 on the season–much of it due to a ton of multi-hit games.

Negatives From The Game:

Pitching: Jonathon Niese had a terrible ending to his start, allowing five runs to score in the sixth inning and seven total. The bullpen did not help either, as they yielded four more runs on top of that.

Left On Base: The Mets offense left 27 runners on the bases. It does no good to get on base if the players behind them aren’t driving them in…

Interesting Facts:

3: Ike Davis walks and the multi-hit streak for David Wright

11: Number of home runs Hanley Ramirez has hit in his career against the Mets

17: Number of home runs David Wright has hit in his career against the Marlins

What’s Next?: The New York Mets welcome in the Houston Astros for a three-game set beginning Friday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (12-7) 3.80 ERA vs. HOU Nelson Figueroa (1-0) 2.42 ERA