Fresh off a four game sweep of arguably the worst team in baseball, we welcomed a division rival to the friendly (and empty) confines of Citi Field. As is par for the course, the Mets lost a game that good teams win.

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The Scoop: Jonathon Niese has hit the proverbial wall. Being spotted a 3-0 lead, and falling victim to the big inning is tough enough for any ball club, let alone a team with as fragile a mental state the Mets have. They fell silent for the most part after giving up the 6 run inning and also fell back to the .500 mark at 74-74.

The Good:

Duda: You know he’s having a rough go when he goes 2-3 and raises his average to .125. Nonetheless, two hits, two runs, and two RBIs. You’ll take that any day.

Bullpen: The bullpen did their job, going 5 innings of not just scoreless baseball, but no hit baseball. They gave the offense a chance, which they’ve done all year.

The Bad:

Niese Not So Nice: As I said above, he’s hit a wall and he’s tired. No shame in that. He’s had a great rookie season, and looks to be a solid 3rd starter for the Mets going into next season. If Santana is healthy, the pitching staff should continue to be a strong point for the Mets next year. If only they could hit…

The Ugly:

2,3,4,5: 0-15. Ouch. It doesn’t help when Chris Carter is batting 2nd, but damn, that’s ugly. It’s a wonder they scored any runs at all.

Interesting Facts:

30: Jose Reyes’ stolen base count.

What’s Next?

Another one with the Braves. Let’s see if Gee continues to pitch well and give him a head start for that 5th spot in the rotation with Mejia. Game time 4:05 FOX

NYM Dillon Gee (1-0) 0.69 ERA vs. ATL Tim Hudson (15-8) 2.62 ERA