The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 on Thursday afternoon. Jonathon Niese was taken advantage of throughout his start. The Mets lose their first series against the Phils, and finally head home with a 3-3 record.

Niese looks frustrated, to say the least!

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The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese faced off against last season’s NL Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay in the rubber game of the series. Niese began the game on the right foot, but hit a wall in the 3rd and 4th innings, giving up a total of six runs. Meanwhile, Halladay showed why he’s won a Cy Young award in both leagues during his career. He limited the Mets offense to only six hits and allowed no runs over seven innings to earn his first win of the season. They just looked baffled at the plate, while the Phils were smacking balls left and right.

The Positives:

Reyes: Jose was the only Mets hitter to get two hits on the afternoon. He’s started off the season very strong (9 for 29), even though he still has yet to draw a walk in six games played. As long as he stays on the field, the offense will be fine.

The Negatives:

Niese: It was like batting practice out there when he was on the rubber. He was hit HARD. Niese needs to harness his skills because he made some big strides last season. This is the time for him to step up, especially with Johan out and Pelf struggling. Good thing Halladay was opposing him, or else he’d probably take more heat for the loss.

Bats Were Dead: Understandable that Doc was on the mound, but the Mets had ample opportunities to score runs in the early innings and didn’t take advantage of them. Putting it in perspective, they left 17 men on base during the game.

The ‘Pen: A combination of Beato-Byrdak-Carrasco let up five additional runs in relief of Niese. Not something you want out of a bullpen that may see a lot more game time with these struggling starts out of the rotation.

Interesting Facts:

  • Ex-Met Wilson Valdez went 4 for 4 in today’s game in a Phils uniform

34: Total amount of runs Mets pitching has allowed in only 6 games thus far (5.66 runs per game, eek!)

60: Games appeared in left field for Daniel Murphy in his career (went out there today and looked awkward)

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel to CitiField to open up their first homestand of the season against the Washington Nationals. Game Time 4:10 PM on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (1-0) 0.00 ERA vs. WAS Jordan Zimmermann (0-1) 3.00 ERA