The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at CitiField. A game that looked like a blowout early on turned into a bullpen mess that the Mets salvaged in the end. Niese’s strong outing earned him his fourth victory of the season while the Mets offense exploded for 17 hits.

You have all the reason to smile, Jose.

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The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Vance Worley in the final game of the series. Niese was handed an 8-0 lead in the 2nd inning and rolled with it. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six. Niese has lowered his ERA from 4.33 to 3.92 and moves to 4-5 on the season with the victory.

The offense came through in a big way this afternoon. Having blown the last two games in the late innings, the lineup knew they had to put up a lot of runs. They wasted no time, plating four runs in both the first and second innings.

The bullpen struggled and made it scary in the late innings. Niese left the mound in the 7th inning with an eight run lead. Taylor Buchholz yielded three runs in the 8th and Pedro Beato allowed a run in the 9th. Beato closed the door though for a 9-5 victory.

The Positives:

No Way, Jose!: Jose Reyes had a four-hit performance, including two triples. He drove in a run and scored a run. He raised his average to .335 on the season. If his trade value was ever at its peak, it would be now.

Murph and Thole: This pair both had three hits in the game. Daniel Murphy was 3 for 5, driving in a run and scoring twice. Josh Thole was 3 for 4, driving in three runs–two on a double–and scoring once. These guys were a huge reason the Mets won this game.

The Negatives:

Bleepholz: Taylor Buchholz pitched ugly today, allowing three runs on four hits in only 1 1/3 innings of relief. Lucky for him, the Mets had a 9-1 lead when he entered the game.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jose Reyes leads the National League in doubles (17) and triples (8).
  • The Mets bullpen has allowed 28 earned runs in their last seven games.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a four-game series beginning Monday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (4-0) 3.83 ERA vs. PIT Charlie Morton (5-2) 2.61 ERA

Am I right? Is now the time to trade Jose Reyes? Speak up!